It is rightly said better late than never. December 12, 2012 was a day for pain and grief for not just the rape victim who was murdered but also for the entire nation. The 23-year-old physiotherapist was brutally assaulted and raped by six persons, including one juvenile, on a moving bus in South Delhi and thrown out of the vehicle with her male friend on the night of December 16, 2012. She died days later in a Singapore hospital on December 29, 2012
The gang rape and murder had led to nationwide outrage and spurred to government to strengthen rape laws in the country. In 2013, criminal law (amendment) bill, 2013 or the anti-rape bill, cam into existence. The new la mandated death penalty under section 376A of the Indian Penal code. Under 376A. Whoever commits a rape, which leads to the death of the victim or causes her to be in a persistent vegetative state shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a minimum term of 20 years which may lead to life or with death.
The entire nation wanted justice for India’s daughter demanding the most cruel punishment for the convicts for committing the most inhumane sin of all times. Finally the five years wait came to an end today when the apex court finally sentenced death to the to four convicts — Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Singh — in the Delhi December 16 gangrape case, 2012.
The three judge bench, led by justice Dipak Mishra, wrapped up the marathon hearings on their on their appeals on march 27. The appeals were heard for almost a year on a day to day basis. The arguments ended with senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, appearing for the delhi police, strongly pushing for death penalty for the convicts as a proportionate punishment for their Brutal crime.
The entire country applauded the decision of supreme court. Welcoming the court verdict Nirbhaya’s mother said, “justice can be delayed but will always prevail”. She added saying any one who is fighting for justice must not lose hope must continue their fight, for one who fights whole- hardheartedly would always attain victory.
Even Nirbahaya’s father sounded extremely relived by the judgement and said, “It’s a victory for my family and I am very happy with the judgment”.
At the end the judges also added that The brutal, barbaric, and demoniacal conduct of the convicts shook the conscience of humanity and they don’t deserve leniency.