The parents of the deceased victim, Nirbhaya have responded after the SC gave its verdict over the Delhi gangrape case, in which a medical student was raped on December 16, 2012, and died of injuries 13 days later.
For almost five years, the father, Badri Nath Singh may have slept fitfully now. After the SC upheld the death sentence to four convicts in the case, Badri Nath said, “I will sleep peacefully tonight.” “Our daughter too will now rest in peace, Singh, and his wife Asha Devi said.”
Singh said, “She would have turned 28 on May 10 if she had lived. Today’s verdict is a gift for her,” However, he regretted the delay that the courts had taken in delivering justice , and wondered about the fate of other rape victims. Singh further questioned, “What about justice for others whose cases are pending in courts?” The SC verdict would give a boost to the rape survivors, seeking justice. The parents of the victim, who have started a “Nirbhaya Jyoti Trust” to help the rape victims, also stressed that their daughter should be identified by her name. Most of the sections of the media, have called her Nirbhaya, as the law prohibits naming a rape victim.
Singh further said, “Those who commit such crimes should hang their heads, not us.” The mother of the victim, Asha Devi, who was present in the packed court room, when the verdict was pronounced, speaking about the last five years, said there was “not a moment” when I have had not remembered our daughter. Asha Devi, who was present in the packed court room when the verdict was pronounced, said. “At times I would feel weak, wanting to give up the fight. But then my daughter’s face would flash in front of my eyes and I would pull myself up.”
The 23-year-old physiotherapy intern was raped and assaulted by five men and a juvenile in a moving bus. The accused then threw her and her male companion out of the vehicle. The woman died of intestinal injuries two weeks later in a Singapore hospital, where she has been taken for specialized treatment.