The rapists and killers of Nirbhaya are likely to be sent to gallows soon as the Ministry of Home Affairs is in the process of rejecting the mercy plea filed by one of the accused.
Vinay Sharma, one of the five accused in the heinous crime, has sought mercy from the death penalty from President Ram Nath Kovind. The president decides on the plea in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Delhi government. Sources in the MHA have told India Today TV that they are in process of sending their recommendation to reject the plea. Delhi government has already sent its recommendation to reject the mercy petition.
On October 29, Tihar Jail authorities had informed four of the five convicts in the 2012 Delhi gangrape case that they have exhausted all legal remedies and they could not file for mercy petition with the President. Only one, Vinay Sharma, filed the mercy plea, three others – Pawan Gupta, Akshay Thakur and Mukesh Singh – chose not to. One of the accused, Ram Singh, had allegedly committed suicide in Tihar jail in March 2013.
His plea had first gone to Delhi government, which rejected it on Wednesday saying there was no room for any review in light of the “extreme brutality” involved. The President now awaits MHA’s recommendation.
If the Centre sends a recommendation for plea’s rejection, it will be the last nail in the coffin for the culprit in the 2012 Nirbhaya rape and case, which had led to changes in criminal (amendment) bill in the following year. The rape and death of a 23-year-old paramedic student had become synonymous with a pan-India campaign for justice for women.
A fresh furor was triggered in the case after abduction and gangrape of a 26-year-old veterinary doctor in Hyderabad.
Delhi government quickly moved to reject the mercy plea, moving the wheels in the seven-year-old case, as demands for swift action in rape cases echoed in a cross-section of society.
Based on recommendations of state and Centre, the President is likely to reject the plea of the rapists, paving way for their execution.