India executed on Friday the four convicted of the torture and gang rape of a young woman in 2012 that shocked the country and led to changes in the legislation, which is the first application of the death penalty since 2015.
Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Singh and Akshay Thakur were simultaneously hanged at 05:30 local time (0.00 GMT) in the Tihar prison in the Indian capital.
“They have finally hanged them, it has been a long struggle. Today we have obtained justice, this day we dedicate it to all the daughters of the country. Thanks to the judges and the Government,” the mother of the victim, Asha Devi, told the media. , minutes after execution.
NDTV television showed live at 5:30 local time the outburst of joy among the dozens of people gathered in front of the gates of the prison holding signs like “Thank the judges.”
The four convicts tried unsuccessfully to halt the execution, initially scheduled for January 22, by presenting clemency petitions and exhausting all legal remedies at their disposal.
In the latest attempt to avoid execution, Gupta’s lawyers appealed to the Supreme Court on Thursday against the rejection of his petition for clemency by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind.
The appeal was rejected by the highest judicial body this morning.
A 23-year-old physiotherapy student, media-baptized “Nirbhaya” (“Fearless” in Hindi), was raped and tortured by six men on December 16, 2012 on a running bus in New Delhi, as she returned with a friend home after watching a movie in a New Delhi cinema.
The young woman died of the wounds 13 days later in a Singapore hospital.
Four of the accused were sentenced to death in 2013, while a fifth committed suicide that same year in prison, according to the official version, and the sixth, who was a minor when the events occurred, was held for three years in a juvenile correctional facility.
The case unleashed an unprecedented wave of outrage in the Asian country, which therefore tightened its legislation against sexual assault.
This is the first execution in India in five years, when the state hanged Yekub Memon for his involvement in the terrorist attacks that killed 257 people in Bombay in 1993.