Just a few hours before the execution of the four Nirbhaya case convicts, Delhi’s Patiala House Court once again postponed their execution indefinitely. Pawan Gupta, Mukesh Singh, Akshay Singh and Vinay Sharma, the four convicts will not be hanged until further court orders. “The death warrant has been cancelled, and no new date has been given,” said the lawyer of one of the convicts, AP Singh.

Asha Devi, Nirbhaya’s mother, broke down and cried after hearing the judgment. She told the reporters that Mr Singh bragged to her in the open court that the handing will never happen. However, she kept patience and replied that she would continue to fight and would not stop until the convicts were hanged.

“I want everyone to hear… I want the Delhi government to listen… I want the central government to listen… the courts and the government are bowing their heads before these criminals,” a distressed mother cried out, saying.

“I have been sitting here (in court) since 10 am. If the court wanted to spare these criminals again, then why take so long? Why make us sit and hope for so long? We waited all this time, with hope… why not send us home?” she continued.

Asha Devi condemned the system saying, “The government is allowing them to escape… my child had no right to live… these people committed a crime but their right is to repeatedly postpone the execution.” 

The 23-year-old Nirbhaya was gang-raped, brutally tortured by six men on a moving bus in 2012. She was thrown off the vehicle after torturing. She died in December 2019. The four have filed multiple petitions to stall their execution, which had first been set for January 22 and then February 1. 

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