New Delhi: The lawyer of the 2012 infamous Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case which heralded tumultuous weeks of criticism and analysis pertaining to women's safety in India announced on Thursday that he would reward Rs 10 lakh to anyone who could prove that iron rod had been used to violate the victim.
Mukesh and Pawan, the convicts on death row since 2012, are facing the probability of capital punishment by the Supreme Court for a case which shook the conscious of global audience. In seeking to defend the two from the noose, ML Sharma, the defence lawyer, is doing everything he can to fight for a more lenient sentence for the two.
“Something which is not possible medically was said by police - that an iron rod was repeatedly inserted and intestines pulled out,” Sharma said before a three-judge special bench on Monday headed by Justice Deepak Mishra.
The Delhi High Court upheld the decision of death penalty awarded by a trial court for the four adult men in the case. The matter was then taken to the Supreme Court.
“The post-mortem report prepared by the Singapore hospital (where the victim received treatment) says the uterus and ovaries were intact. Going by the human anatomy, if a rod is inserted through the vagina, it cannot reach the intestines without breaking the uterus," Sharma said.
“I have already declared that I will pay Rs 10 lakh award to a doctor or anybody who can prove as per medical science that without destroying the uterus, the intestines can be pulled out using an iron rod,” he said.
Reiterating the facts about the incident, Sharma said, "When the girl was admitted in the hospital on December 16, 2012 at 11.15pm, the doctor found her in a fit state of mind and recorded her statement. While narrating the entire happening she did not utter a single word about unnatural rape using a rod. If patient herself did not mention anything about such a cruel and painful act, from where did the police get this? The iron rod is missing in the testimony of her boyfriend also."
However, despite Sharma's theory of the event, it is probable that the rapists used their hand to further violate the victim in addition to the iron rod.
The hearing will continue on Friday.