Jyoti Singh was beaten, gang raped, and tortured in a moving bus in which she was travelling with her male friend in Munirka, a neighbourhood in South Delhi. There were six other males on the bus, including the driver, all of whom raped and savagely beat the woman and her friend.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on March 20, 2020

Four men will be hanged in Delhi, India, on Friday at 5:30am (local time) for the horrific gang rape and fatal beating of a 23-year-old female physiotherapy intern on 16 December 2012, which led to nationwide protests and international outrage about the treatment of women sexually abused by men in the country.

It will be the first hangings in India since 2015.

Delhi, Insia

Jyoti Singh was beaten, gang raped, and tortured in a moving bus in which she was travelling with her male friend in Munirka, a neighbourhood in South Delhi. There were six other males on the bus, including the driver, all of whom raped and savagely beat the woman and her friend.

Nirbhaya (Fearless), as Singh is known in India, was transferred to a hospital in Singapore for emergency treatment 11 days after the shocking attack. She died two days later.

Mukesh Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31), will be executed in Tihar Jail, Times of India reported. One of the accused, Ram Singh, died in police custody on 11 March 2013 in the Tihar Jail. The juvenile involved was convicted of rape and murder and given the maximum sentence of three years imprisonment in a reform facility, as per the Juvenile justice Act 2000.

In hearings in Delhi on Thursday (local time), India’s Supreme Court and a trial court rejected petitions by the convicts’ lawyers to stop the executions.

“There is no legal remedy pending in any court and the mercy petitions have been rejected by the president, so there is no impediment to the hangings,” said public prosecutor Irfan Ahmed, al-Jazeera reported.

Singh’s mother Asha Devi welcomed the ruling and said her “daughter’s soul will finally rest in peace”.

The rejection of the appeals led to dramatic scenes outside the trial court where Akshay’s wife Devi fainted outside the court and asked that she and her young son be hanged too.

Akshay’s wife has filed for divorce, saying she did not wish to live with the label of “a rapist’s widow”.

“I want justice too. Kill me too. I do not want to live,” she said, reported the Economic Times.

The convicts used every possible manoeuvre to delay the executions, taking turns to file repeated petitions.