Editorial: No more delays

Now that the President has rejected the mercy plea and a Delhi court issued fresh death warrants for 1 February, 6 am against the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case, there will hopefully be no more delays in serving the sentence on them.  The punishment which is to be given to them would send a sound warning to all those who take women for granted.

On Friday, Additional Sessions Judge Satish Kumar Arora, who was hearing a plea by one of the four death row convicts in the case, Mukesh Kumar Singh, seeking postponement of the date of his execution scheduled for 22 January, issued fresh death warrants.  Earlier in the day, the Tihar jail authorities sought issuance of warrants against the four convicts.

Public Prosecutor Irfan Ahmed told the court that Mukesh’s mercy plea was rejected by President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday. The 23-year-old paramedic student, referred to as Nirbhaya, was gang raped and brutally assaulted on the intervening night of 16-17 December, 2012 inside a moving bus in south Delhi by six persons before being thrown out on the road.  She died on 29 December, 2012 at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore. Her sacrifice should save more and more women from crimes.

NT Bureau