Reacting to the Supreme Court upholding the death sentence given to the 4 rapists, Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi thanked everyone who stood with them to ensure justice prevails but said that what happened to her daughter, is still happening on a daily basis across India. In a telecast made by Times Now, Asha Devi said that society has to ensure such incidents don’t happen on a regular basis. She said that they could not do it alone and asked for help from media, society and government. Asha Devi further said that this fight was everybody’s fight and everybody had to come together to ensure a safer environment for the children.
Asha Devi was of the opinion that justice delayed was justice denied. She said that when the courts pronounce judgement years after the actual crime was committed, criminals tend to lose the fear of punishment. She said that multiple courts needed to be set up especially for such cases, where the victims could get justice sooner. Earlier in the day, following the verdict Nirbhaya’s father Badri Prasad had told ANI that it was a victory for their family and he was very happy with the judgement. He had said that the family was happy that the apex court had decided to hear their plea and added that they wanted the convicts to be hanged soon.
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court of India had given its verdict in the Nirbaya case and upheld the High Court’s decision of capital punishment given to the 4 convicts – Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh Singh in the December 16, 2012, case. The 3 judge bench chaired by Justices Dipak Misra, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan had pronounced the verdict. Justice Misra had said that the criminal conspiracy by the convicts had been established by using modern methods of investigation. He added that it was beyond doubt that the dying declaration of Nirbhaya was the truth while pronouncing that the CCTV footage was correct too.