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The 4 convicts in the Gangrape murder case of Nirbhaya will be hanged on January 22 at 7 a.m. in Tihar Prison. Indian News

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NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Tuesday issued death warrants against the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape murder case and ordered that they be hanged on January 22 at 7 a.m. in Tihar jail, more than seven years after the brutal crime n satiated outrage and anger across the country.

The destruction order, also known as the black arrest warrant, addressed to the office of the head of Tihar prison, was issued by Satish Additional Sessions Judge Kumar Arora v. Mukesh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31) , all of whom are on death row.

“We have received the court order and will plan the execution of the four accordingly. Three of the defendants are in jail number 2 and the fourth is in Jail No. 4. They will now be placed in isolated cells and will not be allowed to have any interaction with other prisoners,” Tihar prison sources said.

Sources said the prison authorities in Uttar Pradesh will be approached to make available a Meerut execution in Prison No. 3 in Asia’s largest prison complex.

Sources said in all likelihood that the four men will be hanged simultaneously amid reports that a new gallows framework is being prepared for this purpose.

“Our team of physicians will conduct regular medical checkups to keep track of your physical and mental health. We’ll take care of your safety, too. In addition, the families of men can come and meet them during this period,” they said.

Nirbhaya’s mother, Asha Devi, was present in the courtroom at the Patiala House courtcomplex and was thrilled during a brief media interaction.

“The hanging of the four convicts will restore women’s faith in the law,” he said.

The court order was received with relief in nirbhaya’s home village in Ballia in Uttar Pradesh.

“Although late, the family today received justice,” Said Nirbhaya’s grandfather, Lalji Singh.

Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said issuing death orders against convicts has fulfilled a long-term wish of the Delhi people and hoped it would be a lesson for people who misbehave with women.

The order was issued on requests made by Nirbhaya’s parents and the prosecutor’s office (Delhi government) seeking the issuance of death warrants against convicts.

The 23-year-old paramedic, known as Nirbhaya or fearless, was gang-raped and brutally assaulted on the intervening night from 16 to 17 December 2012 inside a moving bus in South Delhi by six people before being thrown to the road.

He died on 29 December 2012 at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

Ram Singh, one of the six defendants, allegedly committed suicide in Tihar prison. A minor, who was among the defendants, was convicted by a juvenile justice board and was released from a reform home after serving a three-year term.

The only legal remedy left now with the four convicts is to approach the Supreme Court with healing petitions to seek compensation for capital punishment.

Convicts may also make use of the constitutional remedy to present statements of mercy to the President.

Advocates of the convicts said they will soon approach the apex court with the healing petitions and will also seek a hold on death orders until the healing declaration is removed.

A healing petition is the last legal appeal available to a person and is generally considered in the chamber.

During the court hearing, the prosecution said that there was no pending request before any court or the President at this time by any of the convicts and requests for review of all convicts were dismissed by the Supreme Court.

While urging the court to issue death orders, the prosecution said, “Between issuing and executing death orders if convicts want to file healing petitions they can do so.”

After the court reserved the death warrant, Mukesh’s mother entered the room in tears and urged the court to show mercy.

The court, however, refused to entertain her.

Speaking to the media outside the ward, Mukesh’s mother said her son was framed for being poor.

Judge Arora interacted with all the convicts through videoconferences amid unconfirmed reports that they broke when they heard the news of the date of their hanging.

However, media personnel were not allowed to enter the video conference room.

After the court approved the order, the convicts’ lawyers and relatives came out and informed the media about the waiting date.

Nirbhaya’s father said they were satisfied with the order.

The trial court previously ordered Tihar prison authorities to seek within a week the response of the four convicts as to whether they were filing statements of mercy against their executions before the President of India.

“Today, we told the court that the prison authority had already given a seven-day period to convicts who expired last month,” a senior prison official said.

On 18 December, the Supreme Court dismissed Akshay’s plea seeking review of its decision, saying that the request for review is not “to hear the appeal again and again” and that it had already considered mitigating and aggravating circumstances , while serving as a death penalty. The apex court previously dismissed the grounds for review of the other three convicts.

The high court in 2017 upheld the capital punishment awarded to the four men by the Delhi High Court and the Court of First Instance.

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