Nirbhaya convicts stay silent on their last wishes ahead of February 1 hanging: Report
New Delhi : The four convicts of Nirbhaya gangrape case were asked to mention their last wish ahead of awarded death penalty on February 1, they all remained silent on questions about meeting their family for the last time or willing their property, a news report quoted sources at Tihar jail said on Thursday.
According to the rule, the death awardee is asked to which family member he wants to meet for the last time and also to whom he wants to give his property.
The report claimed that on both the counts, the convicts - Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Singh and Pawan Gupta – remained silent. This was seen to suggest that they remain hopeful of buying more time.
Earlier, the court had ruled to execute them on January 23, but in consideration to the mercy petition filed by one of the convicts, the court had to defer it to February 1, 6AM.
Nirbhaya's parents are among those who have denounced the delayed execution of the convicts, sentenced to death for the 2012 gang-rape, torture and murder of a 23-year-old medical student.
On Wednesday, the government had approached Supreme Court to make changes in the death penalty laws so that in future, no convict can misuse the legal options to delay it.
The government wants the Supreme Court to set a deadline for the filing of petitions after the death warrant is signed.
After a judge ordered their execution on Wednesday at 7 am, the Nirbhaya convicts extracted more time after one of them filed a mercy petition.
Even after the mercy petition is rejected by the President, 14 days have to be given to the convict until execution.