A win for all ‘Nirbhayas’ of country

The Asian Age.  | Sunil Thapliyal

Metros, Delhi

“Justice finally delivered,” said Nirbhaya’s mother after the court pronounced the order to award death penalty to the four accused.

Nirbhaya's mother Asha Devi. (Photo: Twitter/ANI)

New Delhi: Finally a sigh of relief after seven years for Nirbhaya’s family as a Delhi court, on Tuesday, issued death warrants against four convicts in the Nirbhaya case. The civil society and activists also hailed the court order, saying it was a win for all the ‘Nirbhayas’ of the country.  

“Justice finally delivered,” said Nirbhaya’s mother after the court pronounced the order to award death penalty to the four accused.

She has been fighting for the last seven years to get justice for her daughter.

“My daughter finally got justice and her soul may now rest in peace. Execution of the four convicts will empower the women of the country. This decision will strengthen the trust of people in the judicial system,” she said.

“However, now there is a need to strengthen and speed up the judicial process so that victims and their kins shouldn’t have to wait for so long to get justice like in this case,” she added.

“There are still many Nirbhayas in the country who are yet to get justice and I pray to God to deliver speedy justice to them. Our judiciary system may be slow and time consuming, but we had full faith in it,” she said.

Nirbhaya’s mother said that January 22 will be a big day for her when the convicts will be hanged.

After the court pronounced the verdict, Nirbhaya’s father was seen coming out of the court premises with a victory sign.

The order was pronounced by additional sessions judge Satish Kumar Arora, who issued death warrants against the convicts.

The four death row convicts are Mukesh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Singh, and Pawan Gupta.

At their native village in Uttar Pradesh, Nirbhaya’s grandfather said: “Though late, the family has got justice. It is a big relief for the family.”

Reacting on the court order, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal said, “We strongly welcome this decision. It is a win for all the ‘Nirbhayas’ living in this country. I salute Nirbhaya’s parents, who fought for seven long years. But why has it taken seven years to punish these people? Why cannot this time period be reduced?” she questioned. “Kudos to the judiciary for restoring our faith and delivering justice to the soul of #Nirbhaya, who represents the soul of every Indian girl. She is not here to see this day but it is a day every woman of India was waiting to see,” tweeted Yogita Bhayana, a rape victim activist.

The national capital witnessed the rarest of the rare gang-rape of a 23-year-old paramedic student “Nirbhaya”.

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