New Delhi: Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan on Friday called the execution of the four adult convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case ‘delayed justice,’ also questioning whether the juvenile convict would have changed or not. Also Read - Watch | 'Kya Karoon?' Jaya Bachchan Angry Over Violence Against Women
Notably, of the six perpetrators of the crime, while four were hanged at 5:30 AM today, one had committed suicide in in his cell in Tihar Jail in March 2013. The sixth, i.e the juvenile, walked free in December 2015 after spending three years in a reform home. Also Read - Hyderabad Horror: Jaya Bachchan Calls For 'Public Lynching' as Case Echoes in Parliament | Top 10 Points
Today, speaking to reporters hours after the hanging, the Samajwadi Party (SP) leader said, “Justice delayed is justice denied. Even today, one person is free. Have his intentions changed today?”
‘One person’ was used in reference to the juvenile convict, who is alleged to be the most brutal participant of the heinous incident. Not only is he is living as a free man, there shall also be no mention of his participation in the crime anywhere.
Last December, during a discussion in the Upper House on the Hyderabad gang-rape case, the SP leader, also a veteran Bollywood actress, had triggered massive outrage after calling for public lynching of perpetrators of such crimes.
The four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya case-Akshay, Mukesh, Pawan and Vinay-were finally executed today morning after strategic filing of mercy pleas, curative pleas etc. led to their execution being deferred thrice. That they would finally be hanged was confirmed after the Supreme Court, in a post-midnight hearing, rejected their last-ditch plea for clemency.