Fighting for seven years relentlessly, it was yet another day when Nirbhaya’s mother’s hopes were crushed. Though she was hoping that the battle to seek justice for her daughter would end soon, she was left helpless once again by our judiciary system.
As the court adjourned the hearing on the issuance of death warrants against the four convicts in the Delhi gangrape-and-murder case to January 7, Asha Devi couldn’t take it anymore and broke down outside the Patiala House court.
Sharing how “upset” she was at the court’s decision, she mentioned:
“The convicts have been given one more chance. Why are their rights being considered? What about our rights?”
Earlier in the day, she welcomed the Supreme Court decision to dismiss the plea filed by one of the four convicts in the case, seeking review of its 2017 judgment upholding his death penalty.
But after the SC verdict, when the Additional Sessions Judge Satish Kumar Arora commenced the hearing on a Delhi government plea seeking issuance of the death warrants for executing the four convicts, the court said it will wait for the copy of the SC judgment and then adjourned the hearing for January 7, 2020.
Heartbroken at the hearing, a teary-eyed Nirbhaya’s mother expressed her frustration to the reporter:
“We have been fighting for seven years and the court has not considered our rights when giving this decision. There is no guarantee that a final judgement will be delivered on the next hearing as well.”
When she broke down inside the court, the judge tried to console her,
“I have full sympathy with you. I know someone has died but there are their rights too. We are here to listen to you but are also bound by the law.”
It is disheartening to see how these helpless parents have to run from one court to others to seek justice for their daughter.
At IFORHER, we are heartbroken to see how our system has broken the spirit of these courageous parents. It is never easy to lose your kid but what is even more difficult is to fight against the system to get her justice!