On December 16, 2012, the 23-year-old paramedic student was raped inside a moving bus in South Delhi by five men and a juvenile.
The incident triggered outrage and protests across the globe
The victim was severely assaulted and thrown out on the road
Asha Devi, the victim’s mother, expressed her disappointment over the country’s law
It has been six years since the gruesome gangrape case of ‘Nirbhaya’ took place that shook the entire country and led to a mass movement. The incident which triggered outrage and protests not only across the country but the world as well led the government to overhaul the anti-rape laws. The victim subsequently came to be known as ‘Nirbhaya’, the fearless.
While a lot has passed since then, the case is still open and alive in court.
On the 6th anniversary of the case, Asha Devi, the mother of the victim, while expressing her disappointment over the law and order situation in the country has said, “Culprits in a criminal case like this are still alive. It’s a failure of law and order situation.”
On December 16, 2012, the 23-year-old paramedic student was raped inside a moving bus in South Delhi by five men and a juvenile. The victim, who was severely assaulted, was thrown out on the road along with her male friend. She succumbed to injuries at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore on December 29 that year.
Talking about the case, Asha Devi said, “We want to tell the girls everywhere to not consider themselves weak and request parents to not deprive their girls of education.”
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal also took to Twitter and said, “Only way to keep the brave Nirbhaya alive in our minds is to ensure a strong struggle for women safety despite all hurdles in our way.”
Also, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, tweeted, “As a society, we must make this country a better place for women. Say no to violence against women.”
The accused were awarded death sentence in September 2013, which was upheld by the Delhi High Court as well in 2014.
One of the accused Ram Singh allegedly committed suicide in the jail and another, the juvenile, was convicted of rape and murder and given the maximum sentence of three years’ imprisonment in a reform facility.