The family of the Park Street gang rape victim said on Thursday it was ‘very happy’ with the verdict of a city court which pronounced the three accused in the case guilty.
“We are very happy with the order of the court. She is no more with us, but she is watching from above,” Nikki Jordan, sister of the victim, said after the verdict at the City Sessions court in Kolkata.
“Her soul will now rest in peace,” she said.
The victim was picked up from in front of a night club at Park Street in the heart of Kolkata on the night of February 5, 2012, and gangraped inside a moving car before being thrown out about 2km away.
The incident had led to a huge uproar with both opposition political parties and civil rights outfits resorting to protests over security of women in the metropolis, which is generally considered safe for women.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s comment that it was ‘sajano ghatana’ (concocted incident) was also criticised heavily.
“It was tough for her, but she was a very strong woman and went through the trial process,” the sister of the victim, who died of Encephalitis in March this year, said.
“She knew her character would be questioned for having gone to a night club and that is why she did not go to police in the beginning,” Jordan said.
“But finally when she went, she remained strong and went through the trial process,” Jordan said.
The victim had filed a police complaint a few days after the incident had taken place.
Other family members of the victim, who were present, expressed their happiness with the order.
Quantum of punishment of the three accused, who were found guilty by the court, would be announced on Friday.
Two other accused, including main accused Kadir Khan, are absconding.