Delhi gangrape: Five years on Nirbhaya still awaits justice

Elias Hubbard
December 17, 2017

Remembering the gruesome incident, which led to widespread protests across the nation, Devi stressed on the need to strengthen the law to deter the criminals from committing such heinous crimes in the future. She found that the largest number of rapes are lodged under the category of kidnapping and abduction, and hence are overwhelmingly not acts of rape but rather cases lodged by a girl's parents against the boy with whom she has a relationship, especially if the girl is barely 18 years old.

With sexual predators prowling around in buses, metros and public places, both women activists and commoners feel Delhi is far from being safe for them. No, not at all.

The recommendations suggested the inclusion of stalking, voyeurism and intentional touching as an offence, as well as, more stringent punishments for rapists and the addition of the definition of "gang rape" in the law. The saddest part is that the mother of Nirbhaya (the name given to December 16 victim) is still waiting for justice. If justice isn't served on time, people cease to be scared of the law. "A strong law needs to be formulated and mindset of everyone, be it a politician or a common man, needs to be changed", Asha Devi, mother of Nirbhaya, was quoted as saying by ANI. Asha Devi said: "In all the three courts, this case was put on fast track; even then, we await final justice".

The top court, on December 12, had allowed the counsel to file review petition for another convict Akshay Singh and listed the matter for hearing on January 22. The victim and her male friend were later thrown off the bus. Look at the brutal Bangalore gang rape that was reported on a few days back where the woman in question was seeking help for 36 hours before she actually got it.

The other four convicts were sentenced to death on 13th September 2013, by the Delhi High Court. The fifth accused, Ram Singh, committed suicide in jail.

Six men were arrested in connection with the incident, including a seventeen-year-old juvenile.

In November, even the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) issued a notice to Tihar Jail Administration and Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) South District, questioning the delay in execution of death penalty to rapists.

In 2016, the national capital accounted for 40 percent of the rapes reported in 19 major cities in the country, 33 percent of all crimes against women and the highest crime rate overall, according to 2015-16 National Crime Records Bureau data.

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