The Delhi government on January 15th, 2020 told the Delhi Court that the execution of the four death row convicts in the 2012 Delhi gang rape case (also known as Nirbhaya case) will not take place on January 22nd, 2020 as one of them has filed a mercy petition. However, the Delhi High Court refused to set aside the death warrant against the four convicts.
A sessions court in Delhi on January 7th, 2020 issued death warrants to the four convicts – Vinay Sharma, Mukhesh Singh, Akshay Thakur and Pawan Gupta – in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case, paving the way for their death sentence.
Mukesh has filed a mercy petition on January 14th, 2020 against his pending capital punishment. He and Vinay had earlier filed a curative plea before the Supreme Court, however, it was rejected.
Mukesh’s mercy petition will now be sent to the Delhi government and then it will be forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs. It will be then sent to President Ram Nath Kovind, who will give his decision on the basis of their recommendations.
2012 Delhi gang rape
The Nirbhaya gang-rape incident occurred on December 16th, 2012 in Munirka in South Delhi. A 23-year-old female physiotherapy intern was beaten, gang-raped, and tortured in a government bus by six men. Eleven days after the assault, she was transferred to a hospital in Singapore but succumbed to her injuries two days later.
All the accused were arrested and charged with sexual assault and murder. One of the accused, Ram Singh, died in police custody from possible suicide in the Tihar Jail. Three convicts are lodged in Tihar Jail while the fourth one is in Mandoli’s jail number 14.
On September 10th, 2013, the four remaining adult defendants – Mukesh, Vinay, Pawan and Akshay Thakur – were found guilty of rape and murder and three days later were sentenced to death by hanging. The Delhi High Court as well as Supreme Court have upheld the guilty verdict and the death sentences.
The juvenile was convicted of rape and murder and was sentenced to three years of imprisonment in a reform facility.
The brutal gang-rape and murder of the young physiotherapy intern led to nationwide protests. The movement forced the government to set up a committee to review the laws on rape and crime against women.
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