New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: One of the convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case, Vinay Sharma on Saturday moved a plea before the President of India Ram Nath Kovind seeking withdrawal of the mercy petition of him. The convict claims that he has not approved the mercy plea of him given to the President earlier, as reported by news agency ANI.

Vinay Sharma has also claimed that the mercy plea presented to President Ram Nath Kovind by the Union Home Ministry was not authorised or signed by him.

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Earlier on Friday, the Centre had sent President Kovind Delhi government’s recommendation to reject the mercy plea of the convict Vinay Sharma. "Ministry of Home Affairs sends a file of mercy plea of 2012 to gang-rape convict Vinay Sharma to President Ram Nath Kovind, recommends rejection of mercy plea," ANI said in a tweet.

This comes two days after the file rejecting the mercy plea was sent to the Centre by the Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.

Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday suggested that anyone convicted under the POCSO Act, which deals with crime against children, should not be allowed to file mercy plea.

“Women safety is a serious issue. Rape convicts under POCSO Act should not have the right to file mercy petition. Parliament should review mercy petitions,” he said while speaking at an event in Rajasthan's Sirohi.

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"Incidents of the demonic attack on girls shake the conscience of the country. It is the responsibility of every parent to instill among boys the feeling of respect for women," he added.   

Vinay Sharma along with his accomplices brutally raped a 23-year-old girl Nirbhaya in Delhi. The convicts gang-raped her in a moving bus in December 2012. 13 days later she succumbed to her injuries. The incident caused a nationwide protest against the brutality. 

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