With a Delhi court postpones hanging of four Nirbhaya convicts, Asha Devi, Nirbhaya’s mother broke down over hearing the news on Friday evening.
“Rapists continue delaying tactics,” a sobbing Asha Devi said. Earlier, the hanging of 4 convicts were fixed on February 1. But on Friday, a Delhi court postponed the hanging of convicts. The court’s decision was due to a new mercy petition came before the President of India. According to Prison Manual, a convict should not be hanged while a mercy petition pending before the President.
With less than a day to the scheduled hanging of the four Nirbhaya convicts, multiple petitions have been filed by the four men in their attempts to stall their execution. As part of delaying tactics, the convicts have moved curative petitions before the Supreme Court, a mercy request has been filed before the President and a plea at a lower court asking for the execution to be paused. A new petition was filed on Friday too before the Supreme Court also.
On December 16, 2012, the young woman who came to be known as "Nirbhaya" was gang-raped by six men on a moving bus, tortured with an iron rod and thrown off the vehicle. She died on December 29.