‘Got justice, was living for this day’: Mother of 2012 Delhi gang rape victim

Hindustan Times spoke to the 23-year-old paramedic’s mother, who said that she was confident of the court sentencing the four to death. The woman was gang raped in a moving bus on December 16, 2012.
The mother of December 16 gang rape and murder victim says she was confident of the verdict.
The mother of December 16 gang rape and murder victim says she was confident of the verdict.
Updated on Jul 19, 2017 02:56 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

At 2.20 pm on Friday when the court upheld the death penalty for the four convicts in the Delhi 2012 gang-rape case, the mother of the 23-year-old paramedic’s mother said she was happy with the verdict.

“We have got justice,” said the mother.

HT spoke to the mother hours before the verdict when she demanded death for the perpetrators of the brutality on her daughter.

“The court must sentence them to death. We won’t settle for life imprisonment. I am alive and kept myself strong only to see this day,” the mother had told HT over the phone on Thursday night.

“No I won’t visit any temple. My fight against them is my religion and duty. I will go to court and pray that they are hanged,” she had told HT a day before the verdict.

The 23-year-old physiotherapy intern would have turned 28 on May 10.

The bus in which the woman was raped and beaten up along with her friend. (Sonu Mehta/HT File)
The bus in which the woman was raped and beaten up along with her friend. (Sonu Mehta/HT File)

On the evening of December 16, 2012, the young woman was returning home after watching a film — Life of Pi — with her friend when she was raped by six men and thrown off the bus. The woman died of her injuries in a Singapore hospital on December 29.

The Supreme Court announced the verdict exactly four years, four months and eighteen days since the evening of 2012.

The young woman’s mother had told HT that she is alive and kept herself strong only to see this day.

The four convicts Pawan Gupta, Vinay Kumar, Akshay Thakur and Mukesh Singh had challenged the death sentence awarded to them by the Delhi high court.


    Prawesh Lama covers crime, policing, and issues of security in Delhi. Raised in Darjeeling, educated in Mumbai, he also looks at special features on social welfare in the National Capital.

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