While, on one hand, Nirbhaya's mother Asha Devi has been lashing out the Central and Delhi governments for deliberately postponing the death penalty for all the four convicts, on the other hand, one of the top Supreme court advocates Indira Jaising has caught up with the controversy after she urged Asha Devi to pardon and to forgive the convicts who are very close to the gallows.
Indira Jaising took to Twitter in asking Nirbhaya's mother to grant amnesty for the four convicts who brutally raped her daughter in 2012. Airing her notion shortly after Asha Devi had expressed her disappointment on the fresh death warrant issued by the Delhi court that postponed the execution date to February 1st, Indira Jaising had stated that "While I fully identify with the pain of Asha Devi, I urge her to follow the example of Sonia Gandhi who forgave Nalini and said she didn't want the death penalty for her". Jaising further added that " We are with you but against the death penalty".
While I fully identify with the pain of Asha Devi I urge her to follow the example of Sonia Gandhi who forgave Nalini and said she didn’t not want the death penalty for her . We are with you but against death penalty. https://t.co/VkWNIbiaJp— Indira Jaising (@IJaising) January 17, 2020
Jaising had underlined Nalini, who has been serving the life term imprisonment in Tamil Nadu prison along with six others after getting convicted for assassinating then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. She is the longest woman serving in prison in India as she has been lodged nearly for three decades.
Soon after Jaising's comments had spurred the wrangling developments, Asha Devi had harshly accused the senior advocate of urging her to forgive the convicts behind her daughter's death. While addressing to ANI, on the Jaising's suggestion, Asha Devi said that she can't believe how Indira Jaising even dared to air such kind of comment and stated that people like Jaising earn a livelihood by supporting rapists, hence rape incidents in India don't stop.
On Friday, the Delhi court had issued a fresh death warrant against all four convicts of the Nirbhaya case - Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Mukesh Singh, and Pawan Gupta, in which the court had directed to execute them on February 1st at 6 am in Tihar jail complex. Earlier the execution was scheduled on January 22nd and the postponement has come amidst the President has rejected the mercy petition filed by Mukesh Singh on Friday. The reports say that the Delhi court had postponed the date as per the requests from the Tihar prison authorities and the execution would likely be carried out as the convicts have left with no legal options.
Moments after the Delhi court had pronounced a fresh death warrant, Asha Devi had directly accused the Central and Delhi governments of playing politics with the death of her daughter and she alleged that they have postponed the execution for their political gains and added that she won't be satisfied until they are hanged and the justice is served for her daughter.