Finally justice was delivered in the Nirbhaya case that shook the nation seven years ago.
The four perpetrators who had gang-raped a medical student and later pushed her out of a moving bus were hanged at 5.30 am on Friday morning.
The execution came less than two hours after the Supreme Court, in a hearing past midnight, dismissed their final petition.
In the hours before that, the convicts had petitioned the Delhi High Court, where their lawyer cited coronavirus for the lack of proper documents with the hurriedly filed appeal.
A third court had already declared that they had run out of all legal options of stopping their execution.
Akshay Thakur, 31, Pawan Gupta, 25, Vinay Sharma, 26, and Mukesh Singh, 32, were hanged at Tihar Jail in Delhi, where they spent the last few hours in isolation and separate cells.
This is the first time in the history of India that four convicts were hanged at the same time.
They refused to eat and were up all night, according to officials.
The entire jail was on lockdown through the night.
The convicts were taken out of their cells at 3.30 am.
The four filed multiple petitions over the past few months, managing to stall their execution thrice at the last moment.
On December 16, 2012, the 23-year-old ‘Nirbhaya’ had taken a bus after watching a movie with a friend.
In the fatal bus, she was subjected to a savage assault and even tortured with an iron rod before being dumped on a road, naked and bleeding. She died a few days later in a Singapore hospital.
The incident had stirred up the whole nation into strong protests amid anguish.
Of the six arrested, one, Ram Singh, was found hanging in his jail cell and another, a minor who was just short of 18, was released after three years in a reform home.