Small victory in a long battle ahead, says victim’s sister

  • Ananya Bhardwaj
  • Updated: Jun 05, 2016 09:13 IST

NEW DELHI: Siddharth Sharma would have turned 34 on Sunday had his life not been cut short. On April 4, Siddharth, a marketing executive, was crossing the road near Ludlow Castle in north Delhi’s Civil Lines when the speeding Mercedes allegedly driven by the juvenile mowed him down.

The Juvenile Justice Board’s decision to try the driver as an adult has given some hope to the family. Shilpa Mittal, his elder sister who has been fighting to get justice for her brother, said: “The decision has given me some hope. My war against the system, however, continues.”

The minor allegedly at the wheels was just four days short of turning 18 on the day of the accident.

“I am glad that the board has taken this decision. We are not fighting to get anyone punished. We just want that the right precedent be set. We are fighting for a better society. My brother will not come back even if the 18-year-old is given the strictest punishment. What needs to change is how the society works and if I am able to amend that even a little, I will be satisfied,” she said

Siddharth was flung nearly 15 feet in the air before crashing on the road after he was hit. He was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

His family later demanded that the accused be tried as an adult under the amended Juvenile Justice Act while making sure that he did not get away because of technicalities.

Shilpa said she knows that she won’t get justice easily and it is a long fight but she is prepared to see it through till the end.

“The case will now go before the children’s court and I know I will have to start from scratch again. The hearings will happen again and the same battle will be fought again. But this decision has definitely given me hope and I wish to stay strong,” she said.

Shilpa said ‘people with deep pockets’ need to realise that they cannot get away by flashing money each time and they should learn to respect the law.

“My war is against the system. There are laws which say that if a minor is found to be driving, then his/her parent is arrested for the offence. The law, however, is not implemented and this is why parents do not stop their children from taking their cars for a joyride. There is so much grey area that the offenders manage to escape,” she said.

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