The four men convicted in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case were executed this morning. The Supreme Court, after a midnight hearing, rejected a last-minute plea filed by one of the convicts seeking a review of the death penalty. The four men, Akshay Kumar Singh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma, and Mukesh Singh were hanged at 5:30 am at Delhi’s Tihar Jail. The four were convicted for gang-raping and murdering a 23-year-old medical student, who came to be called Nirbhaya, in a moving bus in Delhi in December 2012. Nirbhaya subsequently died of her injuries.
Reportedly, the convicts didn’t sleep and they didn’t have any last wish. According to the protocol, the bodies of the four men remained hanging for the next 30 minutes after which the bodies were sent for post-mortem and will be released to the respective families.