System Has Failed Us: Claims Nirbhaya’s Mother

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New Delhi: Hours ahead of the pronouncement of the verdict on review petitions filed by the accused in the Nirbhaya gang rape case, the victim’s mother stated that the system of law and order has failed society.

Asha Devi, the mother of the 2012 Delhi gang-rape victim, said “It has been six years since the incident took place. Similar incidents are still taking place every day, our system has failed us. Even after so many years, we see cases of brutal rape and murder of young women. This should stop at the earliest.”

She further said the Supreme Court, who will pronounce the verdict later in the day, must not reduce the quantum of punishment given to the accused.

“Even a death penalty is less for all the accused. But the court’s verdict must set an example for Indians,” she added.

Echoing a similar stance, the victim’s father, Badrinath Singh, urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take adequate measures in order to provide safety and security to women in India.

The top court is slated to pronounce the final verdict on the review petitions filed by the three convicts seeking a reduction of their death sentence to a life term.

Women activist Annie Raja opined that a message needs to be sent across the society through the judgment. “The family of Nirbhaya, who have been waiting for justice since years, should find peace. Through this verdict, a message needs to be spread in the society that if you commit such a heinous crime, you will have to face the consequences,” she said.

Raja further said justice should be delivered to victims of such crimes in a time-bound.
“None of the rape cases should be used for a political purpose,” she added.

Echoing similar views, another women activist, Sandhya Rani, asserted that quick reaction and response on rape cases is essential.

“Nirbhaya case is a landmark case (a court case that is studied because it has historical and legal significance). I wish justice will be given to Nirbhaya and her family,” she added.

The Supreme Court is slated to pronounce judgment on the review petitions filed by the three convicts in the brutal December 2012 Delhi gang-rape case at 2 pm today.

The apex court had on May 4 reserved its order on the review petitions filed by the convicts– Pawan Gupta (31), Vinay Sharma (25), and Mukesh (31).

The paramedic student was gang-raped on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 on a moving bus in capital by a group of six people. The victim was severely assaulted before being thrown out on the road.

She succumbed to her injuries on December 29, 2012, at Mount Elizabeth Hospital located in Singapore.

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