Delhi gang-rape four years on, Nirbhaya’s mother says justice not delivered yet
Four years down the line, Nirbhaya has just remained a tragic memory.
Friday marks the fourth anniversary of the brutal Nirbhaya gangrape that happened on December 16, 2012. The decision on the fate of the five men found guilty of assaulting her, however, is still pending with the Supreme Court.
“It’s been four years and we still haven’t got justice even after so much of struggle,” the mother of the victim told news agency ANI.
Six men were arrested in the case, of which one was a juvenile. Ram Singh, another accused, who was driving the bus, was found hanging in jail in March 2013. His lawyers had alleged that he had been murdered.
In September 2013, the other four Akshay, Vinay Sharma, Pawan and Mukesh were found guilty and sentenced to death by the Delhi High Court. Following the HC's decision, the four men challenged the death sentence in Supreme Court, which is currently hearing their appeal.
The apex court said it would sit for extra time to hear their appeal. In August, one of the convicts, Vinay Sharma, had taken a lot of painkillers and tried to hang himself with a towel in Delhi's high security Tihar Jail.
The then juvenile in the case, who was six months short of 18 years, had stirred a huge controversy across the nation. Later, Parliament amended the Juvenile Justice Act, under which minors aged 16 years or older can be tried as adults in cases involving heinous crimes like rape or murder.
On the night of December 16, a 23-year-old woman was beaten, gang raped and tortured in a private bus in which she was travelling with her friend. The incident took place in Munirka, South Delhi.
Medical reports said she suffered grave injuries to her abdomen, intestines and genitals and there were numerous bite marks all over her body. She succumbed to her injuries on December 29, 2012.