The parents of Pallavi Purkayastha on Monday said that "only death" to Sajjad Mogul would be fair justice for a man who killed their only daughter in her Mumbai flat two years ago.
"We are feeling satisfied after the judge found him guilty. Death is the only punishment which should be given to a criminal who has committed a crime of such heinous kind," said Pallavi's father Atanu Purkayastha, joint secretary in the ministry of agriculture, Delhi.
A few moments earlier, when sessions judge Vrushali V Joshi found Sajjad guilty, Pallavi's mother Sumita who was sitting next to Atanu fought back tears.
He further added, "Nothing less than death will deter any other potential culprits. He is responsible for killing two people and devastating two families."
Avik Sengupta, Pallavi's live-in partner, who had been shocked by the incident, passed away last year due to natural causes.
"Avik's parents are keeping a track of the case. They were very disturbed about the whole incident. They were hospitalised and have recently been discharged," said Sumita, Pallavi's mother.
Sumita is posted as director general in the ministry of telecommunication.
She further added that Pallavi and Avik were about to get married.
"He has killed two responsible citizens of this country, who paid taxes. Pallavi was a brave girl and very dedicated to her work. Two families have been destroyed," added Pallavi's father.
A brave girl, as her father described her, Pallavi, 25, was a law graduate from ILS College in Pune.
Following his conviction, Mogul told the media that he had never seen Pallavi and he was being wronged. No one from his family had come to meet him.
He said his mother had left from Kashmir and would be coming to meet him at Arthur Road prison where he was lodged.