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Nirbhaya Case: Lawyer Says Death Row Convict Mukesh Singh Was 'Sexually Abused' In Tihar Jail

Mukesh's lawyer added that the 32-year-old death row convict was forced to have sex in front of other prisoners in Tihar Jail.

Nirbhaya Case: Lawyer Says Death Row Convict Mukesh Singh Was 'Sexually Abused' In Tihar Jail
Mukesh Kumar Singh, convict in 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape-murder case.
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Nirbhaya Case: Lawyer Says Death Row Convict Mukesh Singh Was 'Sexually Abused' In Tihar Jail
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2020-01-28T17:40:15+0530

The counsel for the Nirbhaya case convict Mukesh Singh, who is set to be hanged on February 1, told the apex court on Tuesday that his client was sexually abused inside the Tihar jail.

Senior advocate Anjana Prakash said this to the Supreme Court during the hearing of Singh's plea seeking judicial review of the rejection of his mercy plea by President Ram Nath Kovind.

"I was sexually abused in Tihar jail. I was forced to have sexual intercourse with co-accused 31-year-old Akshay. I was also severely beaten up many times," Prakash said on Singh's behalf in her submission before the court

"All these statements were given by me but these were not placed before the President," the lawyer added.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice R. Banumathi was hearing Mukesh's plea.

Levelling serious accusations against the Tihar Jail authorities, Mukesh's lawyer added that the 32-year-old was forced to have sex in front of other prisoners.

Mukesh and five other men, including a juvenile, had brutally gang-raped and assaulted a Delhi girl on a moving bus leading to her death in over a month after the incident on December 16, 2012.

Contending that her client has been sentenced to death, Anjana Prakash asked the court "but was he sentenced to be raped?"

She also contended before the court that several supervening circumstances, which included his illegal solitary confinement, were ignored when the mercy petition was rejected by the President.

The court will pronounce its verdict on Wednesday.

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