A Delhi court on Friday deferred the hanging of Nirbhaya's rapists which was planned on February 1.
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. Apart from 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.
As part of the preparations for hanging, the hangman had arrived on Thursday at Tihal jail in Delhi, where the convicts Pawan, Mukesh Singh, Akshay Singh and Vinay Sharma are to be hanged together. But hours before they were to hang, the four convicts have got another reprieve as the Delhi Court deferred their execution.
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.