New Delhi: After seven long years of waiting for justice for Nirbhaya, victim of the 2012 Delhi gangrape case, the four convicts were hanged on Friday morning at Delhi’s Tihar Jail. While the entire nation celebrated the end of a struggle, a few critics questioned whether capital punishment really meant justice for the accused. Also Read - Nirbhaya Case: When Lawyer AP Singh’s Desperate Attempts Could Not Stop Convicts’ Execution | Opinion
Amnesty International India, a non-governmental organisation that evaluates detention and prosecution keeping in mind human rights situation, was of the view that the execution of the four Nirbhaya convicts was a “dark stain” on the country’s human rights record in the name of tackling violence against women. Also Read - Nirbhaya Case: Bollywood Celebrities Share Their Reaction on Justice Served, Check Tweets
“Since August 2015, India had not executed anyone and it is unfortunate that four men were executed today in the name of tackling violence against women. All too often lawmakers in India hold up the death penalty as a symbol of their resolve to tackle crime,” said Avinash Kumar, Executive Director, Amnesty International India. Also Read - Final Hours Before Execution: Nirbhaya Convicts Neither Ate Nor Slept
“The death penalty is never the solution and today’s resumption of executions adds another dark stain to India’s human rights record. Indian courts have repeatedly found it to be applied arbitrarily and inconsistently,” he added.
Kumar was of the view that instead of serving death penalties to people committing henious cromes, it is more crucial to bring in effective, long-term solutions like prevention and protection mechanisms to reduce gender-based violence, improving investigations, prosecutions and support for victims’ families.
“Far-reaching procedural and institutional reforms are the need of the hour,” Kumar asserted.
After exhausting all their legal remedies, the Nirbhaya convicts were executed this morning at 5.30 AM. Their bodies will be handed over to the families after conducting a post mortem.