New Delhi: Additional Sessions Judge Satish Kumar Arora on Friday adjourned a Patiala House Court hearing to December 18 of a petition filed by Nirbhaya‘s parents seeking issuance of death sentence and execution for all the four gangrape convicts, stated a report. “When we have fought for 7 years, we can wait for another week. On 18 December, their (convicts in the case) death warrant will be issued,” said Asha Devi, the mother of the 2012 Delhi gang-rape victim, to news agency ANI on Friday,
A year has passed since the execution petition was filed against the four convicts, noted Seema Kushwaha, the lawyer of the 2012 Delhi Nirbhaya case. Pointing out at the ‘malafide intention’ of the convicts in delaying justice to the Nirbhaya victim, the lawyer put the onus on the Patiala House Court to decide on carrying out the death sentence. “The execution petition was filed in this court exactly a year ago. Since last year, the court has been issuing notice to them (convicts). They are deliberately delaying justice to the victim. To avoid the delay, we will request the court that the death sentence should be executed,” Kushwaha was quoted by news agency ANI as saying on Friday.
Earlier in the day, the four convicts were produced before the court before Additional Sessions Judge Satish Kumar Arora adjourned the hearing to December 18. It must be noted that Nirbhaya’s mother had also moved the Supreme Court expressing her opposition to a review plea filed by one of the four death-row convicts. The SC hearing in the review plea filed by convict Akshay Thakur will be heard on December 17.
2012 Delhi Gangrape And Murder Case:
On December 16, 2012, a 23-year-old paramedic student was gang-raped and murdered by six men on a moving bus in south Delhi. All the accused were arrested with the charge of committing sexual assault and murder. A minor accused who was involved in the case was sent to a juvenile justice court. Notably, yet another accused had reportedly killed himself while he was Tihar jail. The Supreme Court had confirmed capital punishment for the four accused in the year 2017.
(With inputs from ANI)