Capital Punishment: This Is How Nirbhaya Convicts Are Likely To Be Hanged

Publish On: 31 Jan, 2020 04:14 PM | Updated   |   Sj Desk  

New Delhi: 16 December marked seven years of that dreadful day when 6 horrible men brutally gang-raped a 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus. The entire nation was left horrified and saddened as atrocious details of the crime made headlines. It has been seven years of Nirbhaya's mother knocking at the doors of justice and it is finally close. 

In a futile attempt to delay their imminent hanging, the four rape convicts are exploiting the justice system to file petitions after petitions for undeserving mercy. One rapist, Ram Singh had allegedly committed suicide in jail and the other rapist was left off easy for being a juvenile. The juvenile is said to be a significant part of the brutalization of the young woman as he "inserted a rod" in her genitalia, causing massive bleeding and damage. However, the rapist was let off on a technicality and now roams freely in our society. 

It is now for the court to decide if justice will be upheld and the four remaining convicts will meet their ends on 1 February 2020 at 6 a.m. Pawan Jallad, the hangman has already reached Tihar jail to carry out dummy executions before the final day. 

As is the norm, in India, executions take place in the wee hours of the morning. Nirbhaya's rapists are scheduled to be hanged at 6 a.m. As is widely known, the execution will be carried out at Delhi's Tihar jail. 

  • On the day of the hanging, the convicts are woken up as early as 3 a.m and are asked to freshen up 
  • Death row convicts are allowed to take a bath and are also provided with hot water should they desire it
  • They are then served with their favourite meal
  • The convicts are given some alone time where they can remember their family and reflect
  • If they require, religious books are provided to them and they are permitted to pray
  • Following this, the convicts  are examined by a doctor 
  • They are then given plain cotton clothes to wear
  • Their hands are tied at their backs and their heads are covered with a black hood or cloth
  • The convicts are not allowed to look at their hanging gallows
  • They are escorted to the noose and handed over to the hangman, who then ties their legs together
  • The rope is placed around their necks and the bolt is drawn by the executioner 
  • The convicts remain in hanging position until their death

Following the hanging, their bodies remain suspended in the air for nearly half-an-hour. They are then taken down to be examined by a doctor. 

The execution is carried out respectfully and solemnly.