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“Justice To All”: Nirbhaya’s Mother As Court Confirms Death For Rapists

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NEW DELHI: The mother of the 23-year-old medical student who was gangraped and tortured in a moving bus in Delhi nearly six years ago, welcomed the Supreme Court order that confirmed that the five men responsible will hang. The court, which had upheld the death sentence for the men in May last year, was hearing a petition from the five men requesting that they be given a life term instead.
“It is justice to all,” said Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi, who was present in court for the verdict. But she said their “struggle does not end here”, referring to the legal steps that still remain before the death sentence is carried out. The convicts can file one more petition challenging their sentence before they ask the President for mercy.

“Justice is getting delayed. It is affecting other daughters of the society,” said Asha Devi, who has contended that the guilty be hanged at the earliest. “I request judiciary to tighten their judicial system, serve justice to Nirbhaya by hanging them as soon as possible and help others,” she added.

“We knew that review petition will be dismissed. But what next? So much time has gone by and the threat to women has gone up in this span. I believe sooner they’re hanged, better it is,” said Badrinath Singh, the father of the young woman, who was also present in court.

The 23-year-old had gone to watch a movie with a friend and both were assaulted when they had boarded an empty bus to go home from the posh South Delhi movie hall. The woman was gang-raped by the six people present and violated with an iron rod when she protested. Her friend was beaten severely and both were thrown out of the bus at a secluded spot.

Fighting for life for days, she died later at a hospital in Singapore.
While one of her assailants died in jail, another – a juvenile — was tried by a juvenile justice board and released after he served his three-year sentence.

The other four men were sentenced to death.

The horrific gang-rape of December 16, 2012, which had headlined across the world, scarred the nation and triggered big changes to laws on sexual crimes against women.

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