It is really pitying to look at Nirbhaya’s case, her parents are struggling since the day she was raped and murdered. It is beyond understanding that even 7 years were less to hear all kinds of appeals that today again it got postponed to January 7, 2020. This is only the reason people lose trust in Judiciary system.
The Patiala House Court on Wednesday said that it will hear the plea to hang Nirbhaya’s rapists on January 7. Hearing to this Nirbhaya’s mother broke down in Delhi Court, helpless to give justice to her daughter till now. The Delhi court directed the Tihar Jail authorities, where the convicts are currently lodged, to issue a fresh notice of one week to them asking if they want to file mercy petitions.
The Delhi Court was hearing the case after Supreme Court earlier today rejected one of the convicts (Akshay Singh Thakur) plea. A newly-constituted three-member bench headed by Justice Bhanumathi and comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and AS Bopanna heard the case.
The bench observed that Akshay’s review petition was similar to the petitions filed by the other convicts, which was dismissed by the top court in 2018. “We found no ground for review of the sentence”, said the court.
Besides Akshay, three other convicts, Mukesh, Akshay, and Pawan are facing the gallows for rape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012. The girl, who was later named Nirbhaya, died of injuries a few days later.
Senior advocate AP Singh, representing the death-row convict, said that he will file the healing petition soon by today or tomorrow. He said there is a list of convicts, about seventeen rape and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) cases in which the death penalty was commuted to life imprisonment.
Akshay had moved the top court seeking mercy on the ground that the “rising pollution” has already increased the mortality rates. He sought a commutation of the death penalty awarded to him and four others.
Two more persons, including prime accused Ram Singh, were also accused of committing the crime. Singh, however, committed suicide in the Tihar jail during the trial of the case. “Sensitive Matters Should Not Be Dragged To Such an Extent That People Lose Their Patience”