According to news agency PTI, Sharma tried to hang himself from an iron grill of his cell using a cloth at around 9.30 pm last night. He was spotted by a Tamil Nadu special police personnel on duty who stopped him. He was later taken to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital where his condition is stated to be stable.
Sharma had consumed a heavy dose of anti-depressants before trying to commit suicide, according to jail sources.
Sharma was suffering from depression and was on medication, sources told PTI.
Sharma, along with three others, had approached the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court’s 2014 verdict that observed their offence to be rarest of rare. The verdict upheld the death sentence awarded by the trial court. The three other convicts are Mukesh, Pawan and Akshay Kumar Singh.
On December 16, 2012, a 23-year-old paramedic was fatally assaulted and gangraped by six persons in a moving bus in south Delhi and thrown out of the vehicle on that night.
She had died in a Singapore hospital on December 29.
One of the accused, Ram Singh, was found dead in a cell in Tihar Jail in March 2013 and proceedings against him were abated.
On August 31, 2013, another accused — a juvenile at the time of the crime — was convicted and sentenced to three years in a reformation home. He was released from the observation home in December last year.