One of the convicts in December 16, 2012 Delhi gangrape case, Vinay Sharma, tried to commit suicide inside Tihar jail on Wednesday night. Reports said Sharma tried to hang himself from an iron grill of his cell with a cloth at around 9.30 pm on Wednesday night. However, a Tamil Nadu special cop on duty spotted him just in time. The convict was later rushed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital for medical help. His condition is reportedly stable. According to jail sources, Sharma had taken a heavy dose of anti-depressants before trying to commit suicide. He has been suffering from depression and taking medicines.
Earlier Sharma and three other convicts — Mukesh, Pawan, Akshay Kumar Singh — had approached the Supreme Court against Delhi High Court’s 2014 verdict which termed their offence as “rarest of rare” and upheld the death sentence awarded to them by the trial court. The accused along with a juvenile and one Ram Singh, who was found dead in the jail, had fatally assaulted and gangraped a 23-year-old paramedic in a moving bus in south Delhi on December 16, 2012 and later thrown her body on the roadside. The girl died later in a Singapore hospital on December 29.
Before committing the crime, Sharma, who would now be about 24 years old, was a gym assistant. He had pleaded not guilty to all charges and claimed he was at a musical event with his family when the paramedic was gangraped.
However, later when one of the accused Mukesh Singh, a daily wage labourer, testified that he was driving the bus in which the crime took place and that Sharma was present, the former gym assistant claimed he was being falsely implicated as he had fallen out with Mukesh’s brother Ram Singh, just a few hours before the attack on the girl.
Sharma is the only convict in the case who has passed high school. Born in 1993 in Delhi’s Hauz Khas, he reportedly wanted to become an Indian Air Force pilot, serve the country and English was his favorite subject at school.
Sharma had claimed that other convicts, except Pawan, were not his friends. He had said that everyone in his locality believed that he was stuck in the case because of Ram Singh.
In response to a questionnaire by Wall Street Journal, Sharma had said he was studying books for the Air Force exam and also by philosophers Swami Vivekananda and Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.
In case he was sentenced to death, Sharma had said that he would garland his lawyer, AP Singh, and touch his feet for fighting for him with “integrity”.