Police and paramilitary personnel were deployed to maintain security outside the prison while the executions took place as groups with placards gathered by the gates. At 6.22 am, Goel said, "Doctor has examined and declared all four dead".
After their hanging, the bodies were taken from Tihar Jail to Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) Hospital for post mortem, where the autopsy will be conducted.
"We are satisfied that finally, my daughter got justice after seven years", the victim's mother Asha Devi told reporters outside the jail. Her soul must have found peace today.
It was indeed an emotional moment for Asha Devi as she said, "I hugged my daughter's picture & said "finally you got justice". "As heinous as these crimes were, the imposition of the death penalty - the deterrent effect of which has been widely debunked - does nothing to improve the lives of women". "We will continue fighting for the daughters of India".
However, this is not the first time the Supreme Court has opened its doors post-midnight hearings, there are other few rare occasions that involved appeals against death penalties.
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While India seeks to achieve greater economic stability and prosperity, it must prioritise safety of women who contribute significantly to national economic growth. Further, on the same day, a rape victim from Unnao, Uttar Pradesh was burnt and subsequently died while on her way to court to attest against her rapists, by five men, two of whom were alleged rapists who had been given bail, and one of whom was the village headman's son.
A juvenile, who was among the accused, was convicted by a juvenile justice board and was released from a reformation home after serving a three-year term. Ram Singh, the sixth accused, allegedly committed suicide in the Tihar Jail days after the trial began in the case.
In 2017, the Supreme Court upheld death sentences against four men, with judges ruling the crime met the "rarest of the rare" standard required to justify capital punishment in India.
However, none of the four convicts - Mukesh, Vinay, Pawan Gupta and Akshay Kumar Singh - recorded any will, the official said.
He said that several Union ministers and Delhi government ministers have given press interviews that the convicts in the case be hanged and therefore the rejection of Akshay's mercy petition by the President was influenced.