The mother of NIRBHAYA the 23-year-old woman, who was gang-raped and fatally assaulted in December 2012, said her daughter has finally got justice after the four men convicted for the crime were executed as officials of women’s panels pointed their hanging will send a message to the country.
The four men—Mukesh Singh, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma—were hanged simultaneously inside Tihar Jail number 3 at 5:30am for the gang-rape and murder of the woman inside a moving bus in south Delhi on December 16, 2012.
The young paramedical student died at a hospital in Singapore on December 29.
The four convicts were hanged to death at 5:30am in Delhi’s Tihar Jail today bringing the curtains down on the drama surrounding the execution that saw the death warrants cancelled thrice on various grounds over the last two-and-a-half months.
Sandeep Goel, DGP (prisons), confirmed that all the four were hanged at 5:30am.
The hanging was carried after a three-judge Supreme Court bench rejected the final plea by the convicts’ lawyer AP Singh to stay their execution in a late-night hearing on Thursday.
NIRBHAYA MOTHER SAID “Finally, the convicts have been hanged. This was a struggle of eight years. It was delayed but we got justice. Today, Nirbhaya got justice and girls of the country got justice. I want to thank everyone – the judiciary, the government, every citizen – for this,” she said while speaking to reporters after the hanging.
Badrinath Singh, the woman’s father said,“Our wait for justice was painful and agonising… We appeal for observing this day as Nirbhaya ‘Nyay Diwas’ (day of justice)”.
Rekha Sharma, chairperson of National Commission for Women (NCW)
“An example has been set today but it could have been done earlier. Now people know that they will be punished, you may extend the date but you will get punished,” Sharma said,
Swati Maliwal, chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW)
“It’s a historic day. Nirbhaya got justice after over seven years, her soul must have found peace today,” Maliwal was quoted.