NEW DELHI: Hailing the Supreme Court’s decision to award 25-year jail term to convicts in the Nitish Katara murder case, the victim’s mother Neelam Katara on Monday termed the verdict as her “biggest victory”.
“If you see quantum of the punishment, we had asked for death penalty and five years have been reduced quantitatively. It is not any shoe or slipper we are talking about here but the body of my son which was destroyed, so even if I demand 10 more years of imprisonment for him , it should not be a big deal..it is justified,” she told reporters outside the court.
Neelam Katara, who has battled hard for justice, however, said she was satisfied that the court had upheld many more years of punishment for her son’s killers than the 14 years usually awarded in a life sentence.
“Qualitatively I am happy that the Supreme Court has not taken it as just another murder case as it wasn’t a normal murder but a well planned case of honour killing by power drunk rich people and thus 14-years of life imprisonment was not awarded by the Supreme Court.
“Vikas Yadav won’t get remission before 25 years is my biggest victory. It is also a big thing for the youth of the country as the Supreme Court has taken a stand,” she added.