ITDC INDIA EPRESS/ ITDC NEWS Even as the convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape case are scheduled to be hanged the later this week, Puneeta Devi, wife of one of the accused, Akshay Thakur, filed a divorce petition before a court in Bihar's Aurangabad saying she does not wish to live with the label of being "a rapist's widow".
The move attracted much criticism on social media, with many calling it a "delaying tactic".
Among the many who took to Twitter to express their anger over the move by Devi, who until recently 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, was Bollywood actor Raveena Tandon.
The actor criticised Devi for taking the judiciary for a grand ride and called it "new drama”.
"Wow! That is super smart delaying tactics. This is called taking the judiciary for a grand ride !!!! #nayadrama why the hell didn’t she divorce him when he was about raping and brutally murdering," the actor tweeted.
"And abuse and violence against women continues. And we still debating and delaying about #nirbhayas accused getting their deserved punishment or not," she further wrote.
And abuse and violence against women continues. And we still debating and delaying about #nirbhayas accused getting their deserved punishment or not
Devi had 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.