The four Nirbhaya Case Convicts, who got the death penalty for the gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old medical student in Delhi – dubbed Nirbhaya by the media — more than seven years ago, will be hanged on March 3, at 6 am. This is the third death warrant issued by the Delhi court. The two earlier ones could not be carried out as the convicts took it in turns to use every legal option available to them.
Today’s death warrant was issued after the Tihar jail authorities informed the trial court that three of the four Nirbhaya Case Convicts — Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta, Mukesh Singh, and Akshay Singh — have exhausted all legal options and none of them have any correspondence pending at the moment.
That still leaves one convict who has not filed a curative petition or mercy plea to the President. But they have also exhausted the one week allowed by the High Court to exercise all their legal option and will need to go to the top court to get an extension.
“I hope this will be the final date for hanging,” said the mother of the woman, adding that she was “very happy” with the court’s decision. The woman’s parents, who have been carrying out a spirited fight for justice, had filed an appeal in the trial court for a fresh death warrant after the week allowed by the High Court allowed the convicts to explore all legal means came to an end.