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December 16 gangrape convicts hanged to death; PM Modi says justice has prevailed

2012 Delhi gangrape and murder case convicts hanged: Delhi Mukesh (31), Pawan Gupta (24), Vinay Sharma (25) and Akshay Kumar Singh (33) were executed in Tihar jail at 5.30 am.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 20, 2020 11:55:44 am
December 16 gangrape case, December 16 gangrape case convicts, December 16 gangrape convicts hanging, December 16 gangrape case convicts hanging, Supreme Court, Supreme Court on December 16 gangrape case, India news, Indian Express The four convicts Mukesh (31), Pawan Gupta (24), Vinay Sharma (25) and Akshay Kumar Singh (33) were hanged at 5.30 am (Express photo)

December 16 gangrape hanging: The convicts of the December 16, 2012 gangrape-murder case were hanged to death Friday, bringing to a close a keenly watched case that had shocked the nation. They were sentenced to death for the rape and brutal assault of a 23-year-old woman in a moving bus in the national capital on December 16, 2012. Delhi Prisons DG Sandeep Goel confirmed Mukesh (31), Pawan Gupta (24), Vinay Sharma (25) and Akshay  Kumar Singh (33) were executed at 5.30 am.

Ahead of the scheduled hangings, the convicts had approached a lower court, Delhi High Court and Supreme Court seeking review of the case.

“Justice has prevailed,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said hours after the hanging. “It is of utmost importance to ensure dignity and safety of women. Our Nari Shakti has excelled in every field. Together, we have to build a nation where the focus is on women empowerment, where there is emphasis on equality and opportunity,” he added.

The last hanging in the country was that of Yakub Memon, who was convicted in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case. Memon was hanged on July 30, 2015

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The December 16, 2012 gangrape and murder convicts were hanged at 5.30 am on March 20. Their petitions were rejected by the Supreme Court, Delhi High Court and lower court in late-night hearings. Read news in Malayalam, Bangla, Tamil

11:52 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Law Minister RS Prasad on hanging: Should people be allowed to manipulate system?

Today is a day to reflect whether some people convicted for capital punishment should be allowed to manipulate the system to delay it for seven years, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says, after the Delhi gangrape convicts are hanged. He said the judiciary, government and civil society should reflect on the same.

11:30 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi says 'justice has prevailed' after hanging

“Justice has prevailed,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said hours after the hanging. “It is of utmost importance to ensure dignity and safety of women. Our Nari Shakti has excelled in every field. Together, we have to build a nation where the focus is on women empowerment, where there is emphasis on equality and opportunity,” he added.

11:05 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Explained: How has the Supreme Court historically seen the death penalty?

The Supreme Court has always said that the death sentence should be given rarely. While the central government has consistently maintained it would keep the death penalty in the statute books to act as a deterrent, and for those who are a threat to society, the Supreme Court too has upheld the constitutional validity of capital punishment in “rarest of rare” cases. Read our explainer here.

10:37 (IST)20 Mar 2020
DCP who headed investigation team says hanging will act as deterrent to others

An official who investigated the Delhi gangrape case, has spoken to news agency PTI. Pramod Singh Kushwaha, then the additional DCP (South) and who headed the investigation team, said, "(This) will act as a deterrent to other rapists." He is now the DCP of the special cell.

10:34 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Opinion: 2012 gangrape case convicts are products of a broken society

In an opinion column in The Indian Express in January this year, Vikram Patel, the Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School, writes: I am not being an apologist for these young men. They committed an unforgivably horrible crime and they deserve to be punished (though I am resolutely opposed to the idea of capital punishment). But, to return to the question of whether these young men were “created” as “monsters”, I beg to differ: None of them were born evil. If god does hang his head in shame, it is because we, as a society, fail our children so egregiously. No one is born evil.

10:31 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Explained: What led to the delay in convicts’ hanging?

It has been more than six years since the rape and brutal assault of a 23-year-old in the national capital. What led to the delay in the hanging of the convicts? A trial court may pronounce the death sentence only in the “rarest of the rare” cases — and such a sentence is automatically referred to the High Court for confirmation. A warrant of execution may only be issued once the sentence has been confirmed by the High Court. The convict then has the option of approaching the Supreme Court against the High Court’s decision. After the Supreme Court’s decision, the convict may file a review petition, and a separate curative petition before the Supreme Court. Both are standard legal processes, meant to rectify egregious errors in judgments.

09:31 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Arvind Kejriwal on day of hanging: Pledge this will not happen to any daughter again

On the day the convicts of the December 16, 2012 gangrape were hanged, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has vowed to ensure similar incidents do not take place in the national capital. He called for a collective resolution by the police, courts, states and central government to ensure this does not happen "to any daughter" again.

09:17 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Ahead of hanging, Supreme Court delivered 3.30 am order

Following a late-night HC order, the counsel of three of the four convicts, advocate AP Singh, approached the Supreme Court registrar seeking stay on the execution. The top court, however, dismissed the plea. "We are not inclined. So far as juvenility is concerned, we already heard it. Other grounds, you raised it in other matters. Allow us to pass order," Justice Banumathi said. Read what happened in the Supreme Court in this Twitter thread:<

08:51 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Delhi gangrape case: What happened during the late-night HC hearing

A day before the scheduled hanging, three of the four convicts had appealed against a trial court judgment, which declined to stay the execution. However, during the late-night hearing, the Delhi High Court held that the grounds raised by the counsel of the convicts, including that one of them is a juvenile, had already been dealt with by courts. A bench of Justice Manmohan and Justice Sanjeev Narula observed that the convicts’ pending pleas in various courts and fora as a ground to stay execution was untenable in law. Read our report on the Delhi HC hearing.

08:40 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Timeline of the Delhi gangrape-murder case

Here is a timeline of events since the December 16, 2012 incident till the convicts were hanged this morning. Click here to read more. 

08:05 (IST)20 Mar 2020
2012 Delhi gangrape case convicts hanged: Convicts' tactics to delay punishment failed, says Asha Devi

"Today's day is dedicated to the women and children of our country. I would like to thank a lot of people, the Judiciary and the President. The convicts' tactics to delay the hanging did not work finally. The whole country was ashamed by the incident in 2012. By hanging the culprits, the Judiciary has made it clear that the guilty will not be spared," Asha Devi, the victim's mother, told reporters.

07:47 (IST)20 Mar 2020
2012 Delhi gangrape case convicts hanged: Bodies to be sent to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital for post-mortem

The bodies of the four convicts, who were hanged early this morning, 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.

 
07:45 (IST)20 Mar 2020
2012 Delhi gangrape case convicts hanged: Crowd gathers, tight security outside Tihar Jail


Security in place outside Tihar jail as crowd continues to gather on Friday morning. (Express photo/Praveen Khanna)

07:31 (IST)20 Mar 2020
2012 Delhi gangrape case convicts hanged: You can understand what is inside my heart through my smile, says victim's father

Showing the victory sign outside Tihar Jail, the father of the 2012 Delhi gangrape victim told ANI, "Today is our victory and it happened because of the media, society and Delhi Police. You can understand what is inside my heart through my smile".

07:27 (IST)20 Mar 2020
2012 Delhi gangrape case convicts hanged: Here's what happened on the night of December 16

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 shaken the conscience of the nation, and led to nationwide protests demanding women safety. The woman died at a hospital in Singapore 13 days later. 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.

07:23 (IST)20 Mar 2020
2012 Delhi gangrape case convicts hanged: Crowd continues to gather outside Tihar Jail


The crowd outside Tihar Jail in New Delhi on Friday. (Express photo/Praveen Khanna)

07:18 (IST)20 Mar 2020
2012 Delhi gangrape case convicts hanged: Will continue fighting for daughters of India, says Asha Devi

After the hanging of the convicts, the victim's mother said, "I am proud of my daughter. I couldn't save her and that's a regret I'll always have. Had she been alive today, I would have been known as a doctor's mother. Justice was finally delivered. I thank the Judiciary, our President and our governments. If such a crime happens to a woman or a girl in your family, then you should first extend support to the woman. We will continue fighting for the daughters of India."

07:15 (IST)20 Mar 2020
2012 Delhi gangrape case convicts hanged: Those indulging in such heinous crimes should be hanged, says Maliwal

"It's a historic day. The victim got justice after over seven years, her soul must have found peace today. The country has given a strong message to rapists that if you commit this crime you will be hanged. I salute the efforts of the victim's parents. They fought till the very end to ensure that the culprits are punished," DCW chief Swati Maliwal said in a video. She added, "I would like to ask the government how many such cases will it take for it to change the system? Why can't all the cases be dealt with in a limited time frame? All those indulging in such heinous crimes should be hanged. What are the steps being taken to create such laws in the country? I, myself, had protested against this and have done a lot for this cause just to ensure the system improves and the guilty are hanged within six months." 

07:08 (IST)20 Mar 2020
2012 Delhi gangrape case convicts hanged: Tight security outside Tihar Jail


Security outside Tihar Jail in New Delhi on Friday. (Express photo/Praveen Khanna)

06:57 (IST)20 Mar 2020
2012 Delhi gangrape case convicts hanged: Victory of entire nation, says Swati Maliwal

Taking to Twitter, Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal said, "The December 16 gangrape victim got justice after seven years. Her mother has struggled a lot to get justice for her daughter. The entire country had hit the streets to seek the same. This is the victory of the entire nation. We need stringent laws in our country. I believe there will be a change which will surely come."

After several dummy runs, Delhi’s Tihar Jail authorities Thursday began the final preparations to hang the four convicts of December 16 gangrape-murder case. Before this, the last execution in Tihar took place on February 9, 2013, when Afzal Guru was hanged and buried on the prison premises for his role in the terror attack on Parliament.

This is the first time that four men will be hanged together in Tihar Jail, which houses more than 16,000 inmates, according to news agency PTI. In order to prepare for the whole exercise, a hangman from Meerut reported to the Tihar Jail administration on Tuesday.

On Monday, three death row convicts had moved the International Court of Justice appealing for an urgent hearing to prevent the execution. The three convicts — Vinay, Pawan, and Akshay — moved the petition through their lawyer AP Singh, calling the execution of death warrants illegal.

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