The Asian Age

Threatens to kill self


Barely 24 hours before the four convicts in the Nirbhaya case are to be executed, a drama played out outside Delhi’s Patiala House court, on Thursday, as the wife of one of the four convicts threatened to kill herself.

Punita Devi, the wife of Akshay Singh, on Thursday morning, was found sitting with her child outside the court which was to hear a plea seeking stay on the execution of the convicts. The woman appeared to have a nervous breakdown and fainted.

After regaining consciousn­ess, she started beating herself with a slipper, want to myself.”

The woman has already filed for divorce in a local court in Bihar, contending that she does not wish to be a widow of a man who was hanged.

Crying outside the Patiala House court in the city, she said, “I want justice too. Kill me too. I don’t want to live. My husband is innocent. Why is the society after us?”

“We were living with the hope that we will get justice, but we are being killed every day for the past seven years,” she added.

She further said that she and her minor son be hanged too.

Punita Devi, who beat herself with sandals, was saying, live. I

“I don’t will kill consoled by the lawyers present outside the court.

The counsel for the victim’s parents, however, said that the convict does not deserve leniency.

“Akshay was a member of our society. Everybody is pained by unnatural deaths, but Akshay does not deserve leniency,” the lawyer said.

On March 5, a trial court had issued fresh death warrants for March 20 at 5.30 am as the date for the execution of convicts Mukesh Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26), and Akshay (31).

The court was on Thursday informed that no legal remedies of any of the four convicts in the case were pending in any of the courts.

Meanwhile, an altercatio­n broke out between the relatives of the accused in the Nirbhaya case and a person who was protesting against advocate A.P. Singh outside Patiala House court.

According to informatio­n, the man protesting outside the court said that no matter what A.P Singh did, the four accused will be hanged on Friday. Following this, an altercatio­n broke out between the accused’s kin and the man.

However, the police didn’t receive any complaint from either side.

“There was some argument between the supporters from both sides, but we haven’t received any complaint yet,” said the police.

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