Shimla: An activist offered his services as a temporary executioner in Tihar jail, New Delhi so that justice may be given to the perpetrators of the 2012 Delhi gang-rape case.

Ravi Kumar, a social activist from Shimla reportedly said that he had written a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking his appointment temporarily, as there is no executioner in Tihar jail currently.

"Appoint me as executioner so the Nirbhaya case convicts can be hanged soon, and her soul rests in peace," he reportedly said in a letter written to the President. 

The social activist added that he was troubled by the rising instances of rape in the country.

"It has been seven years, and such incidents are increasing across the country. It is painful to hear the news about the rape case in Telangana and also Kotkhai rape case of Shimla," he said.

"I want to set an example. I am sure this will reduce the rape cases by 50% after these convicts are hanged. I am hopeful the President will allow me for this as I am offering my services free of cost," Kumar said.

Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) received a mercy plea of a convict of the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case after the Delhi government rejected it.

On Sunday, the Delhi government recommended the rejection of the mercy petition of one of the convicts in the case. After which the petition was placed before the Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi for consideration and subsequently was sent to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

The Delhi high court and the Supreme Court had dismissed the appeal of the convict Vinay Sharma and had upheld the sentence pronounced by the trial court in the matter.

"It is the fittest case to reject the mercy petition, keeping in view the heinous and gravest crimes of extreme brutality committed by the applicant," observed the Delhi government.