Justice for Nirbhaya: All four convicts hanged after SC refused midnight relief. Timeline

The four were hanged simultaneously at 5:30 am, more than seven years after the brutal gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old student that prompted nationwide protests. 

'It is never too late', the saying seems to contradict with 'Justice Delayed Justice Denied', however the hanging of four rape and murder convicts give a sense of relief to every Indian especially women who stand for justice. 

The four men convicted of the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder were hanged early this morning at Delhi's Tihar Jail. The four were hanged simultaneously at 5:30 am, more than seven years after the brutal gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old student that prompted nationwide protests. 

However, justice served to Nirbhaya took 7 years. Here is the timeline of how it occurred:


December 16: Nirbhaya and her male friend board a bus from Delhi's Munerka bus stand. Six men, including a juvenile, thrashed the male friend and gang-raped the victim on the moving bus before throwing both of them out near Aerocity.

December 18-22: Delhi Police arrest all six suspects

December 29: Nirbhaya fights to fatal internal injuries caused as a result of the rape


March 11: Suspect Ram Singh commits suicide in Tihar Jail

September 1: Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) sends the juvenile to a correction home for three years

September 13: Fast Track Court (FTC) awards death penalty to all four convicts


March 13: Delhi High Court upholds death penalty


May 5: Supreme Court upholds death penalty

November 8: Mukesh files review petition in SC

December 15: Vinay and Pawan move SC for review of its verdict


July 9: SC dismisses review pleas of Mukesh, Pawan and Vinay


February: Nirbhaya's parents move trial court for issuance of death warrants of the four convicts

December 10: Akshay moves plea in SC seeking review of his death penalty

December 13: Nirbhaya's mother moves SC opposing review plea of Akshay

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December 18: SC dismisses Akshay's review plea

December 19: Delhi HC dismisses plea of Pawan claiming he was a juvenile at the time of the offence


January 7: Trial court signs death 'black' warrants for all four convicts to hang on January 22, 2020 (7 am)

January 14: SC rejects curative petition of Vinay and Mukesh; Mukesh files mercy petition before President

January 17: President Ram Nath Kovind rejects mercy plea of Mukesh; trial court issues death warrants again with execution date as February 1, 2020 (6 am)

January 25: Mukesh moves SC against the rejection of mercy plea

January 29: Akshay approaches SC with a curative petition; SC rejects plea of Mukesh challenging rejection of his mercy plea

January 30: SC dismisses curative plea of Akshay

January 31: SC dismisses plea filed by Pawan seeking review of its order rejecting his juvenility claim; trial court postpones execution of the black warrants till further order for a second time

February 1: Centre moves Delhi HC against the trial court order

February 5: Delhi HC dismisses Centre's plea against the trial court order, says all four convicts have to be hanged together; it further directs the convicts to pursue all legal remedies within a week, failing which the authorities ordered to take action in accordance with law; President rejects mercy petition of Akshay

February 6: President rejects mercy petition of Akshay

February 7: Trial court dismisses Tihar's plea seeking fresh date for execution of convicts

February 11: Vinay moves SC against mercy plea rejection; SC issues notices to all four death row convicts on Centre's appeal against Delhi HC verdict

February 13: Vinay alleges torture in jail, SC reserves order on his mercy review; SC defers hearing on separate hangings and appoints a new lawyer for Pawan

February 14: SC dismisses Vinay's plea against no mercy, rejects the argument of mental illness

February 17: Trial court issues March 3 execution date

February 22: Trial court dismisses Vinay's plea for medical treatment

February 28: Pawan files curative petition in SC

March 2: SC dismisses PIL seeking direction on organ donation by the four death row convicts; Patiala House court dismisses plea by convicts for a stay on death warrant; Pawan files mercy plea after the rejection of the curative petition by SC a day before scheduled hanging

March 3: For the third time, trial court defers hanging of the four death row convicts

March 4: Delhi government moves court seeking fresh date for execution for convicts; Pawan's mercy plea rejected

March 5, 2020: Trial court signs death warrants for March 20 (5:30 am)

March 7: SC rejects Mukesh's plea seeking urgent hearing on Monday

March 13: Vinay moves Delhi HC claiming procedural lapse in mercy plea rejection

March 16: Convicts move International Court of Justice (ICJ); SC dismisses Mukesh's plea to refile curative, mercy petition

March 17: Akshay writes a second mercy plea to the President after the first was rejected; trial court dismisses Mukesh's plea seeking quashing of the death penalty

March 18: Convicts' counsel AP Singh moves Delhi's Patiala House court seeking a stay on the death warrants on March 18; Delhi HC reserves order on Mukesh's plea claiming absence from Delhi at time of the incident

March 19: Supreme Court dismisses the petition of death row convict Pawan against the rejection of his mercy plea by the President and seeking a stay on execution; Delhi High Court dismisses plea challenging lower court's refusal to stay death warrants

March 20: Convicts hanged at 5:30 am, confirmed dead at 6:00 am

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