December 16th 2012: We all know what happened that night. A 23 year old woman, a medical student was raped. Fighting for her life, Nirbhaya lay in Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi waiting for her attackers to be punished. Her organs were damaged as iron rods were pushed inside her. This brutal rape and attempted murder of Jyoti(Nirbhaya) nine months back had made hearts bleed and the entire nation had risen to protest and demand justice.
After such showcases of inhuman behavior, we protest, we stand united, ready to face anything, but waiting for the final word – justice. Weeks and months pass. There is action but masked with conspiracy. There is justice, but masked with irony. There is protest, but masked with exhaustion. We go back to sleep; and wake up to hear another Nirbhaya suffer. Such is the democracy of our country; such is the lousiness of the administration. We can worship goddesses but pay no reverence to the women in our country.
Today Friday the 13th September 2013, this verdict has somehow re-instilled the faith that we had once lost in our judiciary system. Generally in nine months a new life is born…and in these 9 nine months I believe Nirbhaya must have taken birth somewhere today. Today, the four accused and guilty have been awarded capital punishment: to be hanged till death.
This is what many of my fellow citizens and I are happy about. But…the question remains: is this the final verdict? Why is there still scope for appeal? Why is there a scope for the defense to go and appeal to the supreme court when this was declared to be a fast track court case?
There are two sides to every coin and I am sure there will be two perspectives for this question.
I just pray that whatever is right, whatever is just, should be awarded. Many lives will get affected for the best or the worst. If this decision stays I think these inhuman acts would take a back seat for a while. In my opinion these four should be hanged till death and that too..as soon as possible.
Only then we can proudly say: Satyameva Jayate (Truth alone prevails)
Purnima S Manchanda
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