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Delhi gangrape case: Doctors declare all four convicts dead

Delhi gangrape convicts hanged: The bodies will be sent to Delhi’s DDU Hospital for post-mortem, after which they would be handed over to the families.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 20, 2020 11:58:10 am
Delhi gangrape case: At 6.22 am, doctors declared all four convicts dead December 16, 2012 Delhi gangrape case: Tight security outside Tihar jail on Friday morning as the four convicts were hanged. (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna)

At 5.30 am Friday, the four December 16 gangrape and murder case convicts — Mukesh Singh, Akshay Singh Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma — were hanged inside Jail No. 3 of New Delhi’s Tihar Jail. Delhi Prisons DG Sandeep Goel said, “All convicts hanged at 5.30 am. Bodies will be kept hanging for 30 minutes.”

Outside, hundreds had gathered at Gate No. 3 as the Delhi Police deployed additional forces to manage crowds. At 6.22 am, Goel said, “Doctor has examined and declared all four dead.”

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The bodies will be sent to Delhi’s Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) Hospital for the post-mortem examination, after which they would be handed over to the families.

The victim’s mother Asha Devi said, “I am proud of my daughter, I couldn’t save her and that is a regret I’ll always have… If she was alive today, I would have been known as a doctor’s mother…

“Justice was denied but finally it happened. I thank the judiciary, our President, and our governments. If such a crime happens to a woman or a girl in your family, then first extend support to the woman. We will continue fighting for the daughters of India.”

Delhi gangrape case: At 6.22 am, doctors declared all four convicts dead December 16, 2012 Delhi gangrape case: Hundreds had gathered at Gate No. 3 of Tihar jail on Friday morning. (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna)

Till midnight, drama unfolded in the Delhi High Court after it upheld the trial court order rejecting the convicts’ application seeking a stay on their execution. After this, the counsel of three of the four convicts, advocate AP Singh, approached the Supreme Court registrar seeking a stay on their execution.

A bench of Justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan and A S Bopanna heard the plea of convict Pawan Gupta, at 2.30 am. An hour later, at 3.30 am, the Supreme Court dismissed the convict’s petition.

The convict’s counsel wanted “permission for the family of Pawan and Akshay to meet them.” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, after checking with officials, said that the jail manual doesn’t allow it.

Delhi gangrape case: At 6.22 am, doctors declared all four convicts dead Delhi gangrape case: The four convicts Mukesh Singh, Akshay Singh Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma were hanged at 5.30 am.

On December 16, 2012, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was raped and assaulted by six men on a moving bus in the national capital, and left to die. The incident had led to nationwide protests demanding steps ensuring safety of women. The woman died at a hospital in Singapore 13 days later.

A timeline of events since the December 16, 2012 incident

Of the six, one was a juvenile at the time of the incident and was tried by the Juvenile Justice Board and served the maximum sentence of three years in a remand home. Another, Ram Singh, allegedly committed suicide inside Tihar Jail in 2013.

In May 2017, the Supreme Court had upheld the conviction and death sentence to the four convicts by a trial court, which was confirmed by the Delhi High Court.

Delhi gangrape case: At 6.22 am, doctors declared all four convicts dead Delhi gangrape case: Asha Devi, the mother of the victim, speaks to the media on Friday.

The death warrants were stayed three times since January pending legal remedies of the four death row convicts.

The hearing on the execution of death warrants had moved forward last year after the victim’s mother moved an application to shift the case from a vacant court, where the matter remained unheard for months.

This was the first time that four men were hanged simultaneously inside the prison complex, which carried out the last hanging in 2013 of Afzal Guru, who was convicted for his role in the 2001 Parliament Attack.

Also read | A brief profile of the four convicts  

For the hanging of the four men, Pawan Jallad, a hangman from UP’s Meerut, was called on March 17. For each  hanging, he was paid Rs 15,000. Apart from this, ropes from Bihar’s Buxar were brought in for the hanging with jail authorities and the hangman conducting dummy executions multiple times.

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