“Courts are sitting and watching the drama”: Nirbhaya’s mother

“Courts are sitting and watching the drama”: Nirbhaya’s mother
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Delhi gang rape victim Nirbhaya's mother Asha Devi on Mondaysaid no matter what the convicts do, they will be hanged for their crime, aftera Delhi court deferred the execution of death penalty in the case till furtherorders.

"This shows the failure of our system. The whole worldis watching how justice is being delayed in India," she told.

"I lose hope every day but I stand tall every day. They would have to be hanged. There could not have been a worse case than Nirbhaya but still, I am struggling to get justice. The courts are sitting and watching the drama," she added.

A Delhi court on Monday deferred till further order thehanging of the four death row convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape andmurder case.

Hanging of the four convicts was scheduled for Tuesday at 6AM. Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana said the death sentence cannot beexecuted pending disposal of mercy petition of convict Pawan Kumar Gupta.

The court passed the order on Pawan's plea seeking to staythe execution as he has filed a mercy petition before the President on Monday.

The first date of execution, January 22, was postponed toFebruary 1 by a January 17 court order. Then the trial court, on January 31,stayed, "till further orders" the execution of the four convicts asthey had not exhausted all their legal remedies.

The court had on February 17 directed that the four men be hanged by the neck on March 3 at 6 am until they are dead. This was for the third time that the death warrants were issued by the court against them. "Now deferring it any further would be sacrilegious to the rights of the victim for expeditious justice," it had said.

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