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‘Don’t want to be rapist’s widow’: Wife of 16 December gangrape convict seeks divorce

Until recently, Puneeta Devi had maintained that her husband Akshay Thakur was innocent. Thakur is set to be executed in two days.

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New Delhi: The wife of one of the convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape case, who face the gallows later this week, has filed a divorce petition before a court here saying she does not wish to live with the label of being “a rapist’s widow”.

Puneeta Devi, wife of Akshay Thakur, who hails from Nabinagar block in this central Bihar district, moved the family court on Tuesday and the petition is likely to come up for hearing on Thursday.

According to her counsel, Mukesh Kumar Singh, there is a provision in law that a woman can seek divorce on the ground of her husband being charged with a sexual offence.

Till recently, Thakur’s wife had maintained that her husband was “innocent” and wrongly accused of involvement in the heinous gang rape that took place inside a moving bus in New Delhi on December 16, 2012 triggering nationwide outrage.

Speculation was rife that the divorce petition could be yet another “ploy” on part of the accused to delay execution of the death sentence scheduled on March 20.

The accused were slapped with murder charges upon the death of the victim at a Singapore hospital where she breathed her last after battling for life for over a fortnight.

Also read: Supreme Court declines 16 December convict Mukesh Singh’s plea to restore legal remedies


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  1. So many other pending cases of gang rape and human trafficking are still to be studied and the criminals to be awarded capital punishment Delhi Mangolpuri gang rape case must be solved as early as possible and some other some crimals who were released free by Delhi judge Gautam Menon who give decision in atleast 6 to 7 case be released all of them these cases must be reopened and the criminals must get punishment

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