The Courtroom burst into round of applause as the Supreme Court upheld its ruling over the barbaric group abduction case of Nirbhaya that occurred back in December, 2012. The Supreme Court upheld capital punishment for the four convicts in the Nirbhaya abduction and murder case which had shook the conscience of the nation.
Amidst increasing crime against women in India and throughout the world, this verdict will definitely make a loud call in favour of justice and will keep echoing in the nation to keep admonishing that there is no room for the wrong doers and criminals. The Nirbhaya verdict will reverberate as an “eye-opener” for a mass movement to end such violence and sensitize people on gender equality, safety and justice.
The whole nation was hit with a wave of disgrace and rage on the fateful night of December 16, 2012 when the news of Nirbhaya violence spread; this was not the first time such a misdemeanour has been incurred in India but this was an incident that brought up the whole nation to protest for justice to not just Nirbhaya but every victim, every girl, every women of the country and the world. The assault and implied demise of the 23-year old physiotherapy intern canvased a gut-wrenching picture of how fragile women safety is and forced the nation paid little heed to sexual assault cases to confront its collective and individual conscience and shake out of its stupor.
The deep seething rage throughout the nation and years of protests in solidarity with ‘Nirbhaya’- the fearless has finally lead to justice for her. The Supreme Court, after almost four years has finally upheld death penalty for the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case which hook the entire nation with its brutality and spurred the genesis of a stringent anti-rape law.
The pronouncement on Friday culminated the marathon hearings held in the apex court for about a year after the four accused – Mukesh, Pawan Gupta, Akshay Kumar Singh and Vinay Sharma who had appealed against their death penalty. But the court threw out this plea for mercy and instead listed out the “brutal, barbaric nature of the crime” which made it rarest of the rare. The judgment said the dying declaration proved beyond doubt the guilt of the accused.
Although the future is still faint and the atrocious mentality is unlikely to change over one day, one hearing or one case of justice but this can be marked as the dawn of justice, the inception of an era which sees every gender equally and a community which sanctions human and not just women security. A society that will fight for integrity and justice is blocking up and the Nirbhaya verdict will prove to be a foundation, a bedrock for a safer world.