On Monday, the Apex Court rejected a plea seeking donation of organs by 4 convicts in 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape & murder of a 23-year-old medical student in Delhi dubbed “Nirbhaya” by the media, urging the petitioner to “have human approach”.
The Supreme Court said that “To execute a person is the saddest part for the family. You (petitioner) want their body to cut into pieces… have some human approach,”
“Organ donation has to be voluntary” SC added.
In a plea filed by Ex-Judge MF Saldana, he had asked the Top Court to direct Tihar Jail authorities, where 4 convicts are lodged, to give an option to them to offer their bodies for medical research & donate their organs. The petitioner had also urged the Court to consider the “desirability of making it as a condition precedent in the case of all executions”.
Earlier today, the Supreme Court rejected a curative plea by 1 of the 4 convicts, Pawan Gupta , a day before the 4 convicts are scheduled to be hanged. Pawan Gupta, 25, was the only convict in the case who had not exhausted his legal options of a curative petition.
The Supreme Court had earlier dismissed the petitions filed by Mukesh Kumar Singh & Vinay Kumar Sharma that challenged the rejection of their mercy pleas. Akshay Kumar has not yet challenged the rejection of his mercy plea.