New Delhi, May 5: The parents of ‘Nirbhaya’– the 23-year-old paramedic student who was gang raped and murdered in 2012–have expressed their satisfaction after the Supreme Court upheld high court’s judgment of capital punishment to the four culprits of the dastardly crime. The mother of the victim, Asha Devi, said the order must serve as a lesson to those who commit such horrific crimes. Also Read - Ahead of Talks, SC Panel Member Says Will Seek Views of Farmers, Stakeholders on Farm Laws
She said, “Aaj un logon ko jawab mila hai ki jo nirbhaya ki tarah karenge toh unhe Nirbhaya ki phansi ki saja bhi milegi”[ If they repeat the crime like the Nirbhaya case, they will get the similar sentence.] However, she appeared dissatisfied with the role of the amicus curiae in the case. She said that the amicus curiae was favouring the accused and failed to bring to court’s attention the horror unleashed on her daughter that unfortunate night. Similarly, the father, B N Singh, said that he had no grudges about the delay in the case after today’s judgment. Also Read - WhatsApp Policy Row: It's Voluntary, Use Some Other App if Not Acceptable, Says Delhi High Court
The legal and political fraternity too welcomed the judgment. Reacting over the upholding of capital punishment pronounced by the Delhi high court, senior jurist Soli Sorabjee said that the judgment must be welcomed as it will deliver the right message to the society. Adding that culprits cannot get away after committing a cold-blooded murder, Sorabjee said that the Supreme Court has rightly decided to uphold the judgment. Also Read - Deadlock Continues as Centre-farmers Talks Remain Inconclusive, Next Meet on Jan 19
Similar sentiments were echoed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who lauded the judgment and hope that it would have a positive impact on the society. Nitish said, “It has taken time but the decision is good. It will give a good impact. The effect will be such that whoever will try to commit such crime will fear before doing it.” Minister of Home State, Hansraj Ahir too expressed his pleasure over the judgment. Ahir said that the judgment must be welcomed by the people of the country.
Meanwhile, women rights activist and Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav’s daughter-in-law, Aparna Yadav hailed the apex court’s verdict, while expressing happiness over the punishment awarded to the rapists.
She said, “I am very happy to hear the Supreme Court’s decision. The judgment came late. It should have come sooner. I will also fight for the girls who are still awaiting justice.” Calling rape a heinous and devilish act, Aparna said that the criminal should be treated with the same mentality.
Earlier in the day, the apex court upheld the earlier order of death sentence to four convicts in the December 16, 2012 gang rape case. The matter was heard by the apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra and consisting of Justices R. Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan.
Justice Dipak Misra observed in its order that ‘it’s a story of some different world’.”Taking the serious injuries, the severe nature of the offence committed by the convicts, we are upholding the sentence,” the order said. The next option for the convicts is to appeal against their death sentence to President Pranab Mukherjee.
The convicts – Akshay, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh had challenged the Delhi High Court order which had sentenced them to the gallows. Earlier, the trial court had also sentenced all the four convicts to death penalty.
On December 16, 2012, six people gang raped the 23-year-old physiotherapy intern in a moving bus. The woman succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital on December 29, 2012.
One of the accused, Ram Singh, hanged himself in prison, while another person, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, was convicted in August last year and has served the maximum sentence of three years in a reform home.
(With inputs from ANI)