New Delhi: Today it has been six years since the gruesome gangrape case of ‘Nirbhaya’ took place that shook the entire Country and led to a mass movement.
The Supreme Court had Awarded Death Sentence to four convicts — Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Kumar Singh — in the brutal December 16, 2012 gangrape and murder case. The top court on December 13 dismissed a plea seeking directions for immediate execution of the four death row convicts.
The victim subsequently came to be known as ‘Nirbhaya’, the fearless. The incident which triggered outrage and protests not only across the country but the world as well led the government to overhaul the anti-rape laws.
One of the accused Ram Singh allegedly committed suicide in the jail and another, the juvenile, was convicted of rape and murder and given the maximum sentence of three years’ imprisonment in a reform facility.
The case is still open and alive in court.
Asha Devi, the mother of the victim, while expressing her disappointment over the law and order situation in the country has said, “Culprits in a criminal case like this are still alive. It’s a failure of law and order situation.” She further added,”We want to tell the girls everywhere to not consider themselves weak and request parents to not deprive their girls of education.”
On December 12, 2012, Nirbhaya (the 23-year-old) paramedic student was raped inside a moving bus in South Delhi by five men and a juvenile.
The victim, who was severely assaulted, was thrown out on the road along with her male friend. She succumbed to injuries at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore on December 29 that year.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal also took to Twitter and said, “Only way to keep the Brave Nirbhaya Alive in our minds is to ensure a strong struggle for women safety despite all hurdles in our way.”
Six years ago on this day one of the most brutal and worst crime was committed in the history of Delhi.
Only way to keep the brave Nirbhaya alive in our minds is to ensure a strong struggle for women safety despite all hurdles in our way
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 16, 2018
Also, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, tweeted, “As a society, we must make this country a better place for women. Say no to violence against women.”
Today is the sixth anniversary of the horrific Delhi Nirbhaya case. The incident shook the country. As a society, we must make this country a better place for women. Say no to violence against women
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) December 16, 2018
The accused were awarded death sentence in September 2013, which was upheld by the Delhi High Court as well in 2014.
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