In a shocking blunder by the Election Commission, it put the face of a Nirbhaya rape-convict in its campaign. Among the celebrity faces such as singer-actor Gurdas Mann, Olympian Abhinav Bindra in the campaign is also the face of Mukesh, the man convicted and sentenced in the Nirbhaya rape case in the poll advert. The campaign was reportedly put up in District Election Officer in Hoshiarpur in DC Office.
Shyam Arora, a minister in the Punjab cabinet spoke about the issue.
"We will check who is behind the photograph. It must be a mistake as no one would have put it on purpose. We will conduct a probe to find out how it happened. It must be a case of mistaken identity. It isn't written that he is the Nirbhaya rape-convict, so could be a case of mistaken identity ," he said.
In 2012, the 23-year-old paramedic student was gang-raped on December 16 inside a running bus in South Delhi by six persons. She was physically assaulted and was thrown out on the road along with her male friend. She succumbed to injuries at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore on December 29, where she was airlifted for medical treatment. The incident led to a huge public outcry, prompting the government to overhaul anti-rape laws.
Out of the six rapists, one of the accused, Ram Singh, committed suicide by hanging himself in the prison, while another, a juvenile served the maximum punishment of three years in a reform home and was set free in 2015.
In 2013, the four adult defendants were convicted and given death sentence by a trial court, which was confirmed by the Delhi High Court in March 2014. The Supreme Court, in 2017, upheld the Delhi High Court's verdict.
(With agency inputs)