NEW DELHI: The parents of the 2012 Delhi gang-rape victim breathed a sigh of relief after the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed pleas filed by three out of the four convicts seeking review of the death penalty verdict.
“I am thankful to the Supreme Court for keeping our faith intact on the judiciary. But my fight will continue till these convicts get hanged,” the victim's mother Asha Devi said.
Asha was present at all the hearings in the SC.
“Six years have passed since the incident. ... It has been a long journey, but we stood strong and waited for the justice to be delivered. The SC through its verdict has set an example that no one will go unpunished for committing such a heinous crime against women in this nation,” Badrinath Singh, father of the victim, told TNIE over the phone.
Joy was written large on the faces of the residents of the family’s village in Uttar Pradesh. They celebrated the court verdict by distributing sweets and offering prayers. Women activists welcomed the verdict but with a slight disappointment.
“The decision was expected. However, we cannot deny the fact that it has taken a long time to come to this. There are many more cases left which needed to be concluded...,” Centre for Social Research director Ranjana Kumari said.
Options for convicts
The convicts can file one more petition challenging their death sentence. If that fails, they can ask the President for mercy. But any relief is unlikely, given their heinous crime.