Sobbing wife of Delhi bus gang-rapist begs for a last minute divorce 'to avoid being a widow for the rest of her life' before he is executed TOMORROW alongside three others
The wife of a rapist sentenced to hang tomorrow for his part in an infamous sex attack on a Delhi bus in 2012 has begged an Indian court for a last minute divorce to 'avoid being a widow'.
Akshay Thukar, 31, is due to be executed at 5.30am tomorrow morning along with three other men who were convicted of gang-raping 23-year-old Jyoti Singh on a bus in India's capital late at night in December 2012. Singh later died from her extensive internal injuries.
Punita Devi, Thukar's wife, filed a divorce petition on Wednesday, which attests to her husband's innocence while asking for a pre-execution split.
Punita claims in the petition that her husband is 'a convict in the Nirbhaya case, but he is innocent'.
According to OutlookIndia, Punita wishes to be divorced from Thukar due to the social stigma of being a widow in India.
'If Akshay is hanged on March 20, she will become a widow,' an unnamed relative told outlookIndia.
'She doesn't want to live as a widow as it is a social stigma.
'She wants to divorce him first.'
She filed the petition on Wednesday but the presiding judge had not been sitting. Punita rushed to Delhi today to try to push through the documents, Thakar's lawyer AP Singh said.
If the notice is issued later than today, Thakar will still be hanged tomorrow morning.
The death of Jyoti Singh - 12 days after the rape from extensive internal injuries - sparked national protests and international horror, and became synonymous with India's high rates of sexual violence against women.
Many in India see Punita's call for a separation at a date so close to Thakar's execution as the next in a line of legal manouevres to get the convicted rapist's death date pushed back.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/49548.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
HaroldS, London, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
He looks like a monster.
trumpster666, Enter City, United States, 2 days ago
death for rape. I like it. the US should adopt that.
salma74, Yorkshire, 2 days ago
They committed a horrific crime....The sentence passed fits the crime.
nevillerokad, Somewhere, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
This is a delay tactic by the defence lawyer. Until now she never came forward and now one day before execution she is pleading for divorce.
Christoph58, Glendale AZ, United States, 2 days ago
I hope the wife gets her divorce.
Just A Mo, Beyond Belief, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Its the women in India that suffer everytime
Postmanpatscatshat, Greendale, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Ill save my sympathy for the actual victim and their loved ones.
Haggis2020, Scotland, United Kingdom
Her self interest is disgusting
EmmaG, NY, 2 days ago
I thought the same exact thing Haggis. She is actually defending him in her petition.
Lightwins, Oakland, United States
Your lack of empathy and compassion is disgusting. You apparently have not idea how horrific it is for women in India who are widows.
Dark Alice , in Wonderland, United Kingdom
So it's better to be a divorcee than a widow?
Lightwins, Oakland, United States, 2 days ago
Yes, it is in India.
starla129, Berlin, Germany, 2 days ago
In India it is because she is viewed as an "untouchable" and will most likely be very poor for the rest of her life.
QW123, Potato, Australia, 2 days ago
Complete lack of awareness for what's happening in the rest of the world and how other people live seems to be the theme of India.
MyOpinion27, London, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
This whole thing was just horrible, those guys are total inhuman monsters.
Salta, New York, United States, 2 days ago
So she was fine to be a wife of a convicted rapist, but she doesnt want to be a widow?
Snowyowl82, Durham, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
She believes he's innocent as stated in her divorce petition. I had some sympathy for her until I read that.
JP329, Suffolk, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
She thinks he's innocent and is only wanting a divorce to avoid the stigma of being a widow.
Rocky Red, MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
cats eyes, middx, United Kingdom
Can't widows remarry in India?
Sangita1994, Guwahati, India
They can , but village widows has it difficult
jez, Derby, United Kingdom
This article just proves how r@pe doesn't just affect the victim it has a massive impact on society and the victims families and the perpetrators family.
Jonny_Walker, Dubai, 2 days ago
For the punishment to be effective and a deterrent, the hanging should be public and televised !
Avroe105, toronto, Canada, 2 days ago
What a country, no one cares about the victims.
bored of this, boredom on sea, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Can't wait to see them executed.
Polly333, Stirling, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
In the 8 years since that awful crime, countless more females have been raped and otherwise abused in India; from tiny babies to elderly women.
tcth2, United States, United States, 2 days ago
The biggest mistake is that they've been alive for 8 years.
CrescentCity, California, United States, 2 days ago
She thinks his innocent, she has years to get a divorce and waited till the last min!!! She is shameful and not any better than those scums.
yeah-nah, NSW, Australia, 2 days ago
I am astonished that she is concerned about the stigma of being a widow, but not about being married to a brutal cruel rapist.
Mark Leel, London, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
She had 8 years to divorce that monster.
Ella1997, West Sussex, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Hopefully the request will be denied and her rapist husband will be dead. He should have been executed years ago.
HansK, Bremen, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Grant her divorce, she was not involved.
Seriouslyshade, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
So in India, is it better to be divorced than widowed in order to find a new husband ?