Convict Vinay Sharma, one of the main culprits in 2012 Delhi Gang Rape Case tried to commit suicide in Tihar Jail on Thursday.
According to reports, Vinay Sharma tried hanging himself after consuming pills. He has been admitted to Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital in Delhi.
Last year, Vinay said that he was being beaten up by other inmates sue to which he had demanded more security.
The 2012 Delhi a 23-year-old female physiotherapy intern, Jyoti Singh was beaten, gang raped, and tortured in a private bus in which she was traveling with her friend, Awindra Pratap Pandey.
There were six others in the bus, including the driver and a juvenile, who raped the woman and beat her friend. Thirteen days after the assault, she was transferred to a Singapore hospital where she died after two days. All the accused were arrested and charged with sexual assault and murder. One of the accused, Ram Singh, died in police custody said to be suicide on 11 March 2013 in the Tihar Jail.
The rest of the accused went on trial in a fast-track court on 8 July 2013. On 31 August, the juvenile was convicted of rape and murder under the Juvenile Justice Act and given the maximum sentence of three years' imprisonment in a reform facility, inclusive of the eight months he spent in remand during the trial.
On 10 September 2013, the four remaining culprits were found guilty and were sentenced hang till death after three days.
In December 2013 the family of the victim established the Nirbhaya Trust, an institute formed to assist women who have experienced violence to find shelter and legal assistance. Due to the fact that Indian laws do not allow the publishing of a rape victim's name, it was named Nirbhaya which means fearless in Hindi, after the name used by the media. The victim's father stated, "So many people supported us, so ... we want [to] help those girls who have no one.”
The juvenile was released on 20 December 2015.The incident triggered huge protest in both India and abroad. Public blamed the state and central governments for failing to provide adequate security for women in New Delhi.
BY M.DIVYA SRI