With the final plea seeking stay on the execution of the convicts has been rejected by the Court, the moment for which the entire country was waiting with bated breath will happen on Friday and justice will finally be imparted to the victim ‘Nirbhaya’, also dubbed as “India’s daughter”.
A Delhi court on Thursday observed that there is no “plausible reason” to suspend the execution of death sentence of the Nirbhaya rape case convicts and dismissed their application seeking a stay on their hanging.
The four convicts — Vinay, Mukesh, Akshay, and Pawan — will now be hanged by the noose on Friday, March 20 at 5:30 a.m. for brutally raping and murdering a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, later dubbed as ‘Nirbhaya’, on December 16, 2012.
The death-row convicts, represented by advocate A.P. Singh, had knocked on the doors of the trial court two days before the hanging seeking a stay on their hanging on the grounds of pending legal remedies.
“I do not find any plausible reasons to suspend the execution of death sentence simply because convict Pawan has opted not to exercise his legal remedy,” Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana stated.
The judge said that the application is bereft of merit and junked it for having no valid grounds to justify the stay.
After the order was pronounced, the wife of one of the death-row convicts, Akshay Singh, broke down in the courtroom.
“How will I live now? Please hang me too,” Akshay’s wife told the judge.
With hours left for the execution of four men convicted of rape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, the preparation to hang them by the noose is in full swing in Tihar Jail.
Pawan Jallad, the hangman from Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district, has been tasked with the duty to hang the four convicts — Vinay, Akshay, Pawan and Mukesh — on March 20 at 5:30 am.
It will be carried out as per the guidelines prescribed under the Delhi Prison Rules, 2018.
Tihar Jail Additional Inspector General Raj Kumar said that as shown in movies, no food is offered to the convicts or last wish asked for on the day of the execution.
As per the prison rules, on the day of the execution, the four prisoners sentenced to death will be first marched to the scaffold with their hands pinioned behind their back.
A cotton cap with a flap will then be put on their face just before they enter the gallows enclosures. The Jail Superintendent, District Magistrate and Medical Officer will also be present there.
“The prisoner should not be allowed to see the gallows. The prisoner shall now mount the scaffold and shall be placed directly under the beam to which the rope is attached. The prisoner shall than be made over to the executioner,” as per the prison rules.
The executioner will next strap their legs tightly together and adjust the rope tightly round their neck. “The Superintendent shall give a signal, on seeing which the executioner shall push the lever to release the trap-door,” according to the rules.
After the execution, bodies of the four men will remain suspended for half an hour before being taken down or until the Resident Medical Officer certifies that their “life is extinct”.
The body of executed convicts will then be disposed of according to the requirements of the religion to which they belonged.
According to the rules, a municipal hearse or ambulance would be used to take the bodies to the cremation ground with “solemnity”.
“If the executed prisoner’s relatives make a written application for performing the last rites, the government may, allow such request, provided that the relatives give an undertaking that they will not make a public demonstration of the cremation.”
This is how the whole saga, for which the entire country awaited with bated breath, is projected to come to an end and justice would be imparted to India’s daughter, Nirbhaya.