The Supreme Court will deliver a verdict in the December 16 Nirbhaya gangrape case today. People across India are awaiting the verdict. The parents of Nirbhaya on Friday expressed hope that the apex court will award the death sentence to the guilty. Nirbhaya’s mother said that she has full faith in the judiciary and is sure that the apex court, through its ruling, will give justice to her daughter. “We have full faith in the judicial system and I am sure that the Supreme Court will announce death sentence in its verdict for the guilty. I am sure the Supreme Court will give justice to my daughter. This will set an example for the world,” Nirbhaya’s mother was quoted as saying by ANI. Nirbhaya’s father also said that he is sure of the fact that the apex court will award death sentence to the convicts. “They will be awarded death sentence. Leave Supreme Court, even God will not forgive such people,” said Nirbhaya’s father. The 23-year-old physiotherapy intern, who was brutally gang-raped in a moving bus in south Delhi in 2012, triggered nationwide outrage due to its extremely barbaric nature.
Earlier, parents had requested civic authorities to affix their daughter’s real name to Nirbhaya Science Museum in Delhi, saying it will send out a strong message to society on women’s safety. Badri Nath Singh and Asha Devi had met South Delhi Mayor Shyam Sharma at the Civic Centre in the national capital and submitted a letter to him in this regard, as per PTI report.
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“Why should we hide our daughter’s name? My daughter was not at fault. And, by hiding crimes, we only allow more crimes to take place. Has the society become safer for women after the gory incident that shook the conscience of the nation? It is perpetrators who should hide their names. We are proud of our daughter. “She got immortalised as Nirbhaya but we also want the society to know the girl we raised, before she was violated by a few devilish men. Memories are painful but her name will serve as a reminder to the society to never let such things recur,” Singh told PTI.
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Notably, The matter is being heard by the apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra and also consisting of Justices R. Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan. The convicts – Akshay, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh – challenged the Delhi High Court order which had sentenced them to the gallows. Earlier, the trial court also had sentenced all the four convicts to death penalty.