New Delhi: Delhi’s most famous rape case has finally concluded. The Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for the 16 December 2012 gang-rape and murder of Nirbhaya. The four convicts responsible for the gang rape and murder of the girl in December 2012 will be hanged to death.
The Supreme Court, while delivering its justice said, “The Nirbhaya rape-cum-murder case is rarest of rare case and we are compelled to give extreme punishment to ensure justice”.
The sentence has come on the heel of another gang rape of Bilqis Yaqub Patel. Several female members of her family were raped by several men and then left for dead near Godhra during the Gujarat riots of 2002. Five accused have been given life sentence. Bilqis Yaqub Patel must be wondering as to why the court showed leniency and didn’t give her rapists, rapists and killers of her other family members death sentence.
The Nirbhaya case had brought young men and women of the capital to road. Vigils for several weeks were organized by citizens, many of them happened to be teenagers and their parents who were concerned with the safety of their children on Delhi roads.
It should be kept in mind that the apex court was hearing an appeal filed by the four convicts – Akshay, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh – who challenged the Delhi High Court’s March 2014 confirmation of the death sentence handed to them by a trial court in 2013.
While giving its verdict, the Supreme Court said, “The brutal, barbaric, and demonaical conduct of the convicts shook the conscience of humanity and they don’t deserve leniency”.
The father and the mother of the victim, 23-year old Jyoti Singh, thanked the court. Her father said, “Leave the Supreme Court, even God will not forgive such people. They will be awarded death sentence”.
Her mother Asha Devi, who has been relentlessly fighting for justice for her deceased daughter said, “Only the death penalty (will do) for culprits now, it should not be denied,” Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi had said ahead of the hearing…We have full faith in the judicial system and I am sure that the Supreme Court will announce death sentence in its verdict for the guilty. I am sure the Supreme Court will give justice to my daughter. This will set an example for the world”.