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Convicts in the case of Nirbhaya will be hanged soon: minister of law | India News

NEW DELHI: Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad assured Lok Sabha on Wednesday that those convicted in the Nirbhaya group rape case will be hanged soon.

The culprits are trying to delay the punishment that is not justified, he said.

Several members, especially women parliamentarians from all party lines, raised the issue of the attack against women in various parts of the country.

Expressing deep anguish over such incidents, Prasad said: “I have a deep concern about it.”

Regarding the hanging of convicts in the Nirbhaya case, said the minister, the Supreme Court has already sentenced them to death.

“We are very strict … justice will be done. Those convicted will be hanged soon,” he told the House.

Nirbhaya, a 23-year-old paramedic student, was raped and brutally assaulted on the night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a moving bus in southern Delhi by six men, before being thrown onto the road.

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

On January 7, the trial court issued black arrest warrants for the execution of the four convicts in Tihar prison at 7 am on January 22. However, they could not be hanged due to the request for penance of mercy of one of them.

Later, on January 17, the trial court set February 1 at 6 a.m. as the date and time of suspension.

On January 31, the trial court again suspended the execution since the lawyer of three convicts, Pawan, Vinay and Akshay, urged him to suspend the sine die case, saying that his legal remedies had not yet been exhausted.

In raising the problem of a stalker setting fire to a university professor in the Wardha district of Maharashtra, Ramdas Tadas (BJP) said the government should provide adequate compensation to the victim, observing his condition.

He demanded that the defendant be punished and the matter referred to a fast-track court.

Prasad said the Maharashtra government would make a decision about it.

Earlier this week, a stalker set fire to a 25-year-old university teacher in Wardha City, Hinganghat.

The defendant, a married man who has a seven-month-old son, used to stalk the woman. He has been arrested and held in police custody until Saturday.

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