The conviction proves that the man on the street can still hope for justice in this country. But strong public protests that followed ensured the guilty did not go scot-free after all.”
Central Bureau of Investigation
“I am happy that Jessica’s family has finally been handed justice. But the conviction is in large parts due to the print and broadcast media. At the same time, it is also true that hundreds of murderers go unpunished in our country. I doubt if this (verdict) will restore my faith on our judiciary.”
“It is good that justice has finally caught up with Jessica’s killers. Still Ram Jethmalani was right in criticising the media for portraying Manu as a “criminal” even before the court had handed its verdict.
law student Amity University
“I do not think the protest marches that took place at India Gate and other places in Rang De Basanti-style influenced the judges at all. The so-called public outcry perhaps helped in speeding up the justice process.”
“Hope he is handed punishment befitting the crime.”
As told to Avishek G Dastidar