The four convicts in the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student were hanged at Delhi’s Tihar Jail at 5:30 am today. After the hanging, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Justice has prevailed.” He further said that together we have build a nation where there is focus on women empowerment and also an emphasis on equality and opportunity.
After three of the four death-row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case moved the Delhi high court Thursday evening challenging the trial court order declining to stay their execution scheduled for early Friday morning, Supreme Court today also rejected the petition of death row convicts and refused to defer the execution.
Hundreds of people, carrying the national flag and shouting slogans of ”long live Nirbhaya” and ”Bharat Mata ki Jai”, gathered outside the Tihar Jail, with some of them distributing sweets after the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case were executed.
A three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court consisting of Justice R Banumathi, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice AS Bopanna began hearing the case around 2:30 am.
The victim’s had parents expressed confidence before the Supreme Court began hearing the petition and said that the top court will dismiss their plea and the four convicts will be hanged today as scheduled.
“Their time is up and they will be hanged at 5:30 am today,” Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi had said.
Nirbhaya Case Updates: Justice was finally delivered on Friday when the four Nirbhaya gang rape and murder convicts were hanged at 5.30 am in Delhi’s Tihar Jail. With this, a horrific chapter in India’s long history of sexual assault, which had shaken the entire nation’s soul, ended. One of the most fearless warriors in the case, Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi, who fought tooth and nail to get justice to her daughter, said all women would definitely feel safer now. She said though justice was delayed, it was not denied. “We will request the Supreme Court to issue guidelines so that no one can adopt delaying tactics in such cases in future,” she said. Nirbhaya’s father said their wait for justice was painful and agonising. “We appeal for observing this day as Nirbhaya ‘Nyay Diwas’ (day of justice),” he added.