Nirbhaya Rape convict Vinay Sharma attempts to hurt himself in jail

Nirbhaya Rape convict Vinay Sharma attempts to hurt himself in jail

One of the death row convicts of the 2012 Delhi gang-rape and murder case, Vinay Sharma, was reportedly injured after he attempted to hurt himself by hitting his head against a wall in his cell early this week.

Sources in the Tihar Jail official said Nirbhaya convict Vinay Sharma was hurt after he hit his head against a wall in his cell on February 16. He was, however, stopped by a jail official and treated.

"One of the death row convicts of the Nirbhaya case, Vinay, attempted to hurt himself by banging his head against a wall in his cell. He received minor injuries," said a Tihar Jail official, on the condition of anonymity.

Vinay’s lawyer had earlier this week told the court that convict Vinay Sharma was on hunger strike in Tihar jail.

He also claimed that Vinay was assaulted in jail and had head injuries, while adding that he was suffering from acute mental illness and hence the death sentence cannot be carried out. The court had then directed the Tihar jail superintendent to take appropriate care of Vinay as per law.