The parents of the Delhi gang-rape victim on Monday welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the review petition filed by three of the four convicts and said their fight for justice would continue till the rapists are hanged.
Speaking to the media outside the apex court, the father of the 23-year-old woman who was assaulted in a moving bus in Delhi on December 16, 2012, said the family would only rest when the four convicts — Mukesh, Akshay Kumar Singh, Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta — are executed.
“We will not breathe easy till we see these men hanged in front of our eyes,” he said.
For the victim’s mother, the past five years have been a challenge. “Now this judgment will serve as a message to our society,” she said.
‘Country got justice’
“It took a lot of time, but finally our daughter got justice. The whole country got justice. I thank all those people who have supported us throughout this fight for justice,” she said.
However, the father said he was still concerned about the current condition of women’s safety in the country.
“The government is not doing anything for women. Five years have passed and the ruling government has changed, but our daughter was not delivered justice. No laws have been successful in changing the scenario. If the perpetrators had been hanged within two to three years of the incident, then thousands of more horrid cases wouldn’t have happened,” he said.
The Supreme Court upheld its earlier verdict, awarding capital punishment to the guilty persons, recognising the case under the “rarest of rare” bracket.
Meanwhile residents of Medawara Kalan, the native village of the victim in Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh on Monday demanded immediate hanging of those convicted of her rape and murder, as a wave of happiness erupted after the Supreme Court dismissed the review pleas.
As the news of the verdict reached the village, they distributed sweets and offered a special worship in the local temple.
BJP spokesperson G.V.L. Narasimha Rao said the verdict will complement the Centre’s efforts to ensure stringent punishment for crimes against women.
With PTI inputs
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