Campaigners for justice in the Priyadarshini Mattoo case along with her family members on Tuesday hailed the Delhi High Court judgement convicting Santosh Kumar Singh as a victory for the system and one that will instill faith in judiciary.
They believe that the conviction of Singh, son of former IPS officer Prem Singh, who was acquitted in the rape and murder case by a lower court seven years ago, has been brought to justice mainly because of the public outcry helped by media campaign.
"Finally justice has been delivered," said 71-year-old Chaman Lal Mattoo, who led a single-handed campaign with help from friends and media, in his reaction from Himachal Pradesh.
"I can't express myself. I have no words to express how I feel... Justice has been done. Common people in the country can now breathe with ease. This is a step in the right direction," he added.
Indu Jalali, a childhood friend of Priyadarshini, said the "verdict is a victory of the Indian Judicial System, the entire media and the entire nation who stood behind us in this fight against injustice."
Her views were echoed by Neelam Katara and Sabrina Lall, who have been fighting similar legal battles against the "high and mighty" to get justice for their slain near and dear ones.