The horror of the 7/11 attack on Mumbai still haunts the people whose lives were shaken by the blasts in 2006 and nine years later most of them feel justice may have been delayed but not denied.
However, the fact that not all convicts got the death sentence struck a sour note. Jaiprakash Sawant, father of Parag Sawant who was injured in the train blasts and died on July 7 this year, summed up this sentiment.
“We thank the court but are not completely happy with the decision. If all 13 convicts were to be hanged then it would have been justice. If the verdict had come before my son breathed his last, it would have given some peace to the family,” Sawant said.
Sawant said it might take another 13 years for a final decision by the high court, the Supreme Court and the President. “We might not even be alive then to see our son and so many others that lost their lives get justice,” he said.
A victim from Dahisar who did not wish to be named told HT she was present during the conviction. “I had to face a lot of humiliation and ridicule while I worked as a teacher due to the physical impairments I suffered,” she said.
Even 65-year-old Lalji Ramakant Pandey, a resident of Bhayander, felt all the convicts should have been given the same punishment.
“As the nexus of terrorists still exists, so do my wounds, which are a constant reminder of the horror that took place nine years ago on July 11. All the convicts should have been hanged, only then would they realise a small quantum of the pain felt by us,” he said.
Another victim, Mahendra Pitale, 42, a resident of Mira road, lost his left hand in the blasts while travelling from Vile Parle to Borivli when the blast took place at Jogeshwari.
“The judgment is correct according to me,” Pitale said. “If the court waited nine years to give us justice, it must have thought it through to come to a decision. For those who have faced the consequences of such an attack, the verdict comes as a relief.”
Vivek Salvi of Borivli whose daughter was severely injured in the blasts said, “It is merely a quarter amount of justice served. When you lose a body part, it’s lost. With so many lives lost the death sentence for these perpetrators can hardly be called justice.”
Chandresh R Kothari, 63, was lucky to escape with minor injuries. “The verdict might be late but we are happy that all the families destroyed on that day would have some justice and a feeling of retribution,” he said.