New Delhi: As the Patiala House Court and the Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the pleas of all four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case, wife of Akshay Singh, one of the four death-row convicts, fainted outside the Patiala House Court, saying that she and her minor son be hanged too. Also Read - Nirbhaya Gangrape Case: SC Junks All Pleas, Execution to be Held on Friday
“I want justice too. Kill me too. I don’t want to live. My husband is innocent. Why is the society after us?,” she cried outside the court premises. “We were living with the hope that we will get the justice, but we are being killed every day for the past seven years,” she said. Also Read - Nirbhaya Case: SC Dismisses Pawan's Plea That He Was Minor in 2012
Beating herself with her own sandal in agony, Singh’s wife was later consoled by lawyers outside the court.
The counsel for the victim’s parents said however that the convict does not deserve leniency. “Akshay was a member of our society. Everybody is pained for unnatural deaths, but Akshay does not deserve leniency,” the lawyer said.
The development comes after the trial court on March 5 had issued fresh death warrants for March 20 at 5.30 AM, as the date for the execution of convicts Mukesh Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay Singh (31).
During its hearing on Thursday, the court was informed that no legal remedies of any of the four convicts in the were pending in any of the courts.
Earlier in the day, while hearing the case, the apex court also refused to entertain the plea of Mukesh Singh, challenging the Delhi High Court order which rejected his claim that he was not in the city when at the time of crime on December 16, 2012.
Mukesh in his plea had said even after his execution, facts in the case must be examined judicially so in the future no innocent be victim of failure of justice under media pressure.