CHENNAI: Reposing faith in the judicial system, Babu, father of the victim, was waiting in a separate room opposite the Mahila court in the Chengalpet court complex on Monday. He broke into tears as soon he was informed that Daswant was awarded death sentence. “I did not want to see his face, so I decided to wait outside and not to enter the courtroom. I am very satisfied with the judgement and always believed in the judicial system. The last one year, I have been blaming myself if I was a bad father who did not care for my daughter and every day has been a living hell for my family and me. Today’s judgement has increased my faith in the judicial system and will send a message to all such men, and to the parents who support such men when they commit an offence,” he added.
Babu was seated inside the room praying and nervous the whole day while waiting for the judgement. As the judgement was delivered and reporters rushed towards him, he was thanking the judicial system as sweets and savouries reached out to him. Babu was fighting for a speedy trial in the case and once even held a press conference when the filing of charge-sheet was delayed by police and Daswant was released on bail by a court.
But on the other hand, Daswant kept staring; it seemed to be a look filled with anger at everybody on the court corridors, which were full of reporters, advocates and some public who thronged the court complex expecting the judgement in the sensational case. Daswant, a mechanical engineer by education, was brought to the court around 11.30 am and had to wait for nearly five hours.
In the meantime, he told a few reporters not to believe what the police and the prosecution said, but only what the judge would say. Soon after the judge pronounced him guilty at around 3 pm, he attempted to talk to the judge. But since there was no chance for that, he asked for a paper and pen to write a letter to the judge. When the judge pronounced the quantum of the sentence around 4.30 pm, he again attempted to speak to the judge, but in vain.Many in the court hall were curious to have a look at him. A few even burst crackers at the entrance to celebrate.