New Delhi: As the whole nation is seething with anger over the delay in hanging the accused in the 2012 Nirbhaya case in Delhi, a person named Ravi Kumar has written a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind expressing his wish to be appointed as a temporary executioner in Delhi’s Tihar jail.
“Appoint me executioner so ‘Nirbhaya’ case convicts can be hanged soon and her soul rests in peace,” Ravi Kumar was quoted as saying by news agency ANI on Wednesday. Ravi Kumar, who hails from Shimla, has asked the President to appoint him as a temporary executioner since there are no executioners in Delhi’s Tihar Jail.
The four convicts who were sentenced to death in the 2012 Delhi gang-rape and murder case are currently lodged in Tihar jail which does not have a hangman.
According to reports, the accused will be executed any day after issuance of a ‘Black Warrant’ sanctioning their execution. Notably, such a warrant will be issued only after President Ram Nath Kovind rejects the mercy petition filed by the accused in the case.
While the prime accused in the case named Ram Singh committed suicide in his cell in Tihar in March 2013, the other three convicts who are on death row are Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta and Akshay Thakur. Notably, the juvenile convict in the case is currently free as he had completed his sentence under the erstwhile juvenile justice laws, stated a report.
Last month, the Delhi High Court had directed the chief secretary to look for ways to utilise the government-allocated money called ‘Nirbhaya Fund‘ for the cause of women, children and their security, stated news agency PTI. The Nirbhaya Fund was announced by the government in 2013 following the brutal gang rape of a student in Delhi on December 16, 2012.