Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh were all executed Friday over the 2012 gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student in Delhi that shocked the world
The four were hanged in the high-security Tihar prison in India’s capital on Friday
They men raped and murdered Jyoti Singh, on a bus on Dec 16, 2012, sparking revulsion
The final year college student was attacked after boarding a bus on the way home from the movies with her boyfriend – She died from injuries on Dec 29
Singh survived long enough to identify her attackers and all were arrested, four were convicted in 2013
A fifth, the suspected ringleader Ram Singh, was found dead in jail in a suspected suicide, while the sixth a juvenile who was 17 at the time, spent three years in a juvenile detention centre
The rape victim’s mother, Asha Devi, was seen making a V-for victory sign as her daughter’s assailants were executed
Executed rapists: L-R [Top] Akshay Thakur and Vinay Sharma [Bottom], Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh, were all hanged in the high-security Tihar prison in Delhi, India, on Friday for the gang rape and murder of 23-year-old student Jyoti Singh in Dec 2012
Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh were all hanged in the high-security Tihar prison in Delhi early this morning, seven years after their savage and senseless crime sparked worldwide protests against the rising tide of femicide in India.
The victim’s mother Asha Devi, 51, declared that ‘the beasts have been hanged’ as she made a V-for-victory-sign and said: ‘Finally my daughter got justice after seven years.’
The four men raped and killed the physiotherapy student – who became known as Nirbhaya, meaning ‘Fearless’ in India, in December 2012, and were executed after failing in a series of appeals.
On the day of the murder 23-year-old Jyoti Singh a final year physiotherapy student and her 28-year-old boyfriend, Awnindra, 28, an IT specialist, returning from a night at the movies got on a bus only to end up with Awnindra beaten senseless with a metal bar while the Six men operating the bus dragged Jyoti ro the rear of the vehicle. They delivered a savage beating, and took turns raping her.
The case caused an explosion of anger over the scale of sexual violence in India and eventually led to tougher laws.
The execution was India’s first in five years but it sparked celebrations outside the prison this morning as the hangings were carried out around 5.30am.
Speaking outside the jail after the hangings the victim’s mother Asha Devi told reporters: ‘We are satisfied that finally my daughter got justice after seven years. The beasts have been hanged.’
Police and paramilitary personnel were deployed to maintain security outside the prison while the executions took place as groups with placards gathered by the gates.
Jyoti Singh [L-R] died from her injuries 12 days after she was beaten with a metal rod and gang-raped in a bus in Damini, Delhi on Dec 16, 2012
Asha Devi [left], the mother of gang rape and murder victim, Jyoti Singh, makes a V-for-victory sign and celebrates with her sister as four of her daughter’s six assailants were executed more than seven years later. A fifth suspect had killed himself in jail while the youngest, 17, served time in a youth detention center
Speaking just minutes after the executions, the victim’s mother added: ‘I hugged my daughter’s photograph and told her we finally got justice.’
Her father added that his ‘faith in the judiciary had been restored’.
The victim could not be named in India under Indian law but was dubbed Nirbhaya – the fearless one – by the press until her mother said she wanted Jyoti Singh’s real name to be remembered.
She died as a result of her injuries in a Singapore hospital 12 days after the attack and six people were arrested for her murder.
Jyoti’s parents Asha Devi and Badri Singh, seen in a 2013 photo, swore they would not rest until their daughter’s killers were brought to justice
Friday March 20, 2020 – The victim’s parents Badrinath Singh [left] and Asha Devi [centre] celebrated what they said was justice for their daughter’s murder on Friday
As well as the four convicts who were executed, two others involved include Ram Singh, who was found dead in jail in March 2013, in an apparent suicide.
And another, who was just 17 at the time of the attack and was released in 2015 after serving three years in a reform facility, which is the maximum term possible for a juvenile in India.
All four of those who were executed had recently filed petitions appealing for their sentences to be reduced to life imprisonment.
But these were rejected by the Supreme Court.
The four had stood trial relatively quickly in India’s slow-moving justice system, their convictions and sentences handed down less than a year after the crime.
Seven years in the making, members of the publice wave Indian flags as they stand outside the gates of Tihar jail in Delhi, to celebrate the execution of four men convicted of a heinous rape and murder in Dec 2012, in a case which caused an explosion of anger which shook the nation
Police investigate a bus suspected to be the location of the crime in 2012. The four men were originally sentenced to death after their first trial in 2013 for their participation in the brutal assault and on the 23-year-old college student by six men on the moving bus
India’s Supreme Court upheld the guilty verdicts in 2017, finding the men’s crimes had created a ‘tsunami of shock’ among Indians.
‘The four convicts were hanged together at 5.30 am,’ said Sandeep Goel, head of the Tihar Jail in New Delhi.
Jyoti Singh, 23-year-old student was attacked on December 16, 2012, after boarding a bus on the way home from the cinema with her date. All of the suspects on the bus – Ram Singh, Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur and Pawan Gupta did menial jobs and lived in a slum in south Delhi.
The six assailants knocked out her boyfriend and dragged the woman to the back of the vehicle driven by the Ram Singh, where they raped and assaulted her with a metal rod.
After an ordeal lasting more than an hour, she and the friend were dumped for dead.
She was studying physiotherapy and worked at a call centre. Her family had moved from a rural area and her father earned around $100 a month as an airport baggage handler.
Singh survived long enough to identify her attackers and all six were arrested. Four were convicted in 2013.
A fifth, the suspected ringleader Ram Singh, was found dead in jail in a suspected suicide, while the 17-year-old spent three years in a juvenile detention centre.