Headlines December 19, 2019
Supreme Court confirms death for Nirbhaya convict
The 2012 Nirbhaya rape case is one of the cases that shook humanity across the world. Till date, the accused have not been punished. In fact, they had submitted review petitions to the Supreme Court in giving them a death sentence. On Wednesday, the top court dismissed the last review petition of accused Akshay Kumar Singh. The court said that he has a week to seek mercy before the President of India. “The Delhi Court directed Tihar Jail authorities to issue a fresh notice for one week to convicts (Nirbhaya case) as to whether they want to file mercy petitions. What’s going on with our Lawmakers why they are not able to take fast decision on Nirbhaya’s case #JusticeForNirbhaya”, tweeted Malathi Dechiraju.
Akshay Kumar Singh had earlier told the court that the real perpetrators are walking free and he has been framed. He added that there was a lot of pressure from many sides to hang him. The accused even added that Delhi is a gas chamber and the life of every person is anyways shortened due to pollution.
Owing to the delay in hanging the accused, Nirbhaya’s mother broke down at the court on Wednesday seeking justice for her daughter. She added that the family has been walking from pillar to post since the seven years. “My heart breaks for Nirbhaya‘s mom. Watching her cry as she steps out of court,yet again. 7 yrs later, another hearing on 7Jan 2020. Constitution needs to be amended to fix these loopholes regarding time limit for Review, Curative &Mercy pleas. Parl must call special session”, tweeted Devika Chopra.
On 16 December 2012, the 23 year old female victim was walking with her friend after watching a movie. She was kidnapped and brutally raped by six accused in the case. She was later thrown on the road with her injuries. Nirbhaya succumbed to her injuries on 29 December.
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