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Nirbhaya case: SC rejects convict’s juvenile claim; hang them separately, says mother | India News


NEW DELHI: After the Supreme Court

dismissed the plea
filed by convict Pawan Kumar Gupta claiming he was a juvenile when the crime was committed, Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi on Monday slammed the rapists for delaying the process of execution and said they must be “hanged one by one”.

“Once again, another nefarious design to save himself from gallows has ended. Their tactic to delay the hanging has been rejected by the Supreme Court. I’ll be satisfied only when they’re hanged on February 1. Just like they’re delaying it on one pretext or the other, they must be hanged one by one so they understand what it means to play with law,” she told news agency ANI.

She also added that the convicts are wasting the apex court’s time by filing petitions one after the other.

Badrinath Singh, Nirbhaya’s father, said: “The Supreme Court has the power to put an end to these tactics of convicts. Just to delay the process, they are filing petitions in the court.”

He urged the top court to frame guidelines on the number of pleas a convict can file so that women can get time-bound justice.

“It is a matter of happiness that the court has rejected his plea. But whenever a petition comes up in court regarding our case, our heart starts beating faster. In the end, we get positive news only,” Nirbhaya’s father told PTI.

Earlier today, the top court rejected the plea of the death row convict challenging the Delhi high court order which had dismissed his claim of being a juvenile at the time of commission of offence.

A bench comprising Justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bushan and A S Bopanna dismissed the plea of Pawan Kumar Gupta, and upheld the Delhi high court verdict.

The apex court said there was no ground to interfere with the high court order that rejected Pawan’s plea and his claim was rightly rejected by the trial court as also the high court.

A Delhi court on Friday

issued fresh death warrants
for February 1 against the four convicts – Vinay Sharma (26), Akshay Kumar Singh (31), Mukesh Kumar Singh (32) and Pawan (25) – in the case.

A 23-year-old paramedic student, referred to as Nirbhaya, was gang-raped and brutally assaulted on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012, in a moving bus in south Delhi by six people before she was thrown out on the road.

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