By Sarada Lahangir

(Sarada is a senior journalist and is currently working as the Dy. Editor at Zee Kalinga News.)

In Nirbhaya case, I feel the judgment is fair and honest.

Awarding death penalty to the criminals will reinforce people’s faith in the judiciary and set a right precedent.

This case was rarest of the rare where the heinous crime was being done to outrage of the modesty of a girl that is never acceptable in any civilized society.

The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the death sentence awarded to the four convicts in the December 16, 2012 gang rape case. The 23-year-old physiotherapy intern was gang raped, and brutally sexually assaulted by six men, including a juvenile, in a moving bus.

The accused then threw her and her male companion out of the vehicle, to die by the roadside on the cold winter night. The girl received grave intestinal injuries. Later she was shifted to the Singapore hospital, where she breathed her last.

Nirbhaya incident has put a question mark on the safety of the women in the country and it has drawn sympathy from the people of all walks of life that worked as a pressure to the government and the legal system of our country.

In fact, rape has become a common crime committed in our country. There is a rape victim in every third house.  Until the girl is brutally raped and being killed, the law also doesn’t take its course.

This verdict will send out a very strong message as now people would know that committing such crimes could entail death penalty. They may even get away initially, but a sense of fear would be instilled in them that they may be caught eventually.

The nature and manner of the crime can be mentioned as “devastated social trust”. This is undoubtedly a good judgment but I wished our judiciary and legal system could have delivered justice to the VIlkis Bano case.

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