Their wait for justice is over eight months old. During this period, they tried various ways to bring about closure — shifting homes, reading books, turning to prayers and faith.
But the JJB verdict on Saturday — the first to be pronounced on the gruesome rape and assault of their daughter on the night of December 16 — has laid bare their wounds again.
The mother of the 23-year-old paramedic student said her daughter, who succumbed to injuries on December 29 in a Singapore hospital, has once again been “let down by the system”.
“What is the use of this punishment of three years? They might as well release him now... it will not make any difference to me or my deceased daughter... what was the use of so many procedures and hearings if this had to be the outcome?” the mother sobbed.
Family members of the gangrape victim said they had heard earlier that the maximum quantum of punishment for the juvenile could only be three years in a correction facility. But they had been praying “for a miracle”.
“When I got a phone call from the hospital on December 16 about my daughter’s admission, I and my husband rushed...I prayed that it would only be some minor accident. There I came to know the true horror of what she had been through. When everybody, including doctors, told me the odds of her pulling through, I first prayed for a miracle. But none came.
When the trial commenced and the debate about one of her assailants being a juvenile cropped up, I again prayed that the justice system would recognise the brutality of this case, and a miracle judgment would be pronounced. But it was not to be,” her mother told The Sunday Express.