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Nirbhaya Case: How Convicts And Courts Contributed To Delay Justice

From delay in constituting Supreme Court bench to not filing curative petitions, read how almost everyone is responsible for Nirbhaya case delay.

Nirbhaya Case: How Convicts And Courts Contributed To Delay Justice
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Nirbhaya Case: How Convicts And Courts Contributed To Delay Justice
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2019-12-14T12:12:49+05:30

South Delhi. December 16, 2012. A 23-year-old paramedical intern was beaten, raped and brutalised by five men and a juvenile on a bus. She died of internal wounds after being thrown out of the bus. The case inspired nationwide public protests and a demand for special measures on women’s safety. The death of Nirbhaya—or fearless, as she reportedly fought back against her attackers—forced the government to set up two inquiry commissions to look at the treatment of women in India, amend rape laws and fast-track trial of such cases.

December 2019. In the seven years since that horrific tragedy, the case lingers. Considered a fit case to be fast-tracked, it took four-and-a-half years for all the three courts—trial, high and supreme— to hear and pass their verdicts.

The juvenile (now an adult) is out after spending three years in a reformatory; one of the adult convicts died by suicide in jail; and the Supreme Court convicted and sentenced the other four to death on May 5, 2017. But they are yet to be hanged. For over two-and-a-half years, convicts Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay and Akshay have been exploiting the law to delay the hanging. If one goes by the legal options still available to them, it might take a couple of more years to send them to the gallows. Was there a way to wrap the case quickly? Here’s why justice is delayed...

REVIEW PETITION: Once the Supreme Court awarded the death sentence on May 5, 2017, the four convicts should have filed a review petition within 30 days as per law. But the law makes a provision for condonation of the delay if the convict gives a convincing reason. The four convicts are exploiting this to the fullest.

REVIEWS DELAYED: All four filed reviews on different dates with long delays: Mukesh waited six months to file his on November 6, 2017,...

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