The hanging of Nirbhaya convicts will restore the faith of women in law, her mother, Asha Devi, said on Tuesday after the court issued death warrants against the four convicts.
The convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case will be hanged on January 22 at 7 am in Tihar jail, the court said.
Nirbhaya's mother said that January 22 will be a big day for her when the convicts are hanged.
The order was pronounced by Additional Sessions Judge Satish Kumar Arora who issued death warrants against them. The four death row convicts are Mukesh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Singh and Pawan Gupta.
The four death row convicts are Mukesh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Singh and Pawan Gupta.
"I strongly welcome this decision. It is a win for all the 'Nirbhayas' living in this country. I salute Nirbhaya's parents who fought for seven long years. Why has it taken seven years to punish these people? Why can't this time period be reduced?" said Swati Maliwal, Delhi Commission for Women chief.
A 23-year-old paramedical intern was beaten, raped and brutalised by five men and a juvenile on a bus on December 16, 2012 in the national capital. 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.
(With agency inputs)