[Guest Post] NIRBHAYA CASE CONVICTS HANGED: JUSTICE SERVED OR JUSTICE SUSTAINED by Unnati Mishra


The date, 20 March 2020 will be written in the golden letters. On this date, at 5:30am the four convicts- Akshay Kumar Singh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh Singh were hanged at Delhi’s Tihar Jail. They were the convicts of Nirbhaya Case. On 16th December 2012, a 23 year old medical student (Nirbhaya) boarded on a bus with her male friend. Nirbhaya and her friend were assaulted by the group of six people on the bus. The six goons raped that girl and her friend was also beaten badly. The girl (Nirbhaya) who was gang rape, died two weeks later and her friend also had some serious severe injuries.
The nature of the attack was so painful and horrific that led to a mass protest and forced the government to setup a Commission called Verma Commission to review the laws on rape and the crime against women. Six people were accused of gang-raping and murdering the 23 year old medical student, who came to be called Nirbahya.
One of the six was a juvenile and was convicted by the juvenile justice board. He sent to a reformation home for three years and was released.
Of the remaining five, one committed suicide in the jail. The four others were convicted by a trial court and given a death sentence. The Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court also upheld the convictions and death penalties to the four convicts. Over a wait of more than seven years, a 23-year-old medical student was gang-raped in a moving bus on the roads of Delhi, four men convicted for the brutal assault were hanged in the early morning of 20th March 2020. A gruesome and infamous rape case to an end.
A 23-year-old victim, a physiotherapy intern who had dreamed to be a doctor and asked her parents to use her wedding money for her education, came to know as Nirbhaya the fearless one. Her death from to injuries caused by the six convict’s sparked uncomfortable discussions about the countless abuses that Indian women suffer every year. After the convictions, her mother said, “Our faith in justice is restored”.  The victim’s mother said that “even if delayed, “her daughter got justice”. Her mother was showing gratitude to the court for rejecting the delay tactics, thanking the judiciary that her daughter got justice. She also thanked the two of their lawyers who took the case to its end. She also gave recognition to the whole nation for standing and fighting with them.
The last couple of months saw a rush of petitions being filed by the four convicts. In their different pleas, the convicts asked the Supreme Court to review their death sentences. The court rejected all the pleas. The convicts also pleaded for the mercy before the President. The President also rejected all the mercy petitions.
In the last 24 hours, some of the four convicts again moved many courts seeking relief from the death penalty. But all the court refused to entertain any petitions and stay the executions. Some of the four convicts were trying very hard to save themselves from the execution but the justice prevails. Anyone who has committed any offence, should not be spare and punished by the law. After the Supreme Court rejected the final plea at around 8:30am, the four convicts were hanged at Delhi’s Tihar Jail at 5:30 am. Their bodies were sent for the post-mortem at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital. After the post-mortem, their bodies were handed to their families for the last rites.
In last I want to conclude with my views that late but justice is served according to the judicial system of India. But there is a legal “Justice delayed is justice denied”. It means that if timely justice is not provided to the sufferer, it loses its importance and violets human rights. The victim’s mother had to wait for more than seven years to get justice.
The law should be amended more to restrict these misdeeds in the near future. The advantages which was received by convicts was not fair. If these actions should be taken before against the convicts, the money which was spent on the courts and lawyers saved the convicts for too many years. If they got punishment before, it bets a benchmark for the other criminals to not to commit the heinous crime.
The government needs to work more on this specific area to stop the heinous crime. The law needs to move firm against the offender. Klee also need to focus on other aspects of the society. The perception of the human in the society should be changed. We only talk about women, but we need to educate men too.
The rape victim should not be considered as victim, they considered as culprits.
Conviction of the criminals is a message for every criminal that one day law will catch up with you.  

Read another 
[Guest Post] NIRBHAYA CASE: A FIGHT FOR JUSTICE OF FEARLESS SOUL by Urvi Yadav here  https://www.mylawman.co.in/2020/03/nirbhaya-case-fight-for-justice-by-Urvi-Yadav.html

    About the Author- Ms. Unnati Mishra is a law student at Maharishi Law School, MUIT, Noida. She can be reached at- mishra.unnati03[at]gmail.com .alert-info

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