‘Got justice, was living for this day’: Mother of 2012 Delhi gang rape victim
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.
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.
The Delhi fire control room received at least 20 calls until 9 am on Monday related to the uprooting of trees and wall collapses because of the heavy rain and gusty winds. The calls were received from places such as Delhi Cantonment, Civil Lines, Main Rohtak Road, and Dhaula Khan. The rains and the gusty winds up to 70 km per hour also led to traffic jams in many parts of the city.
The traffic police advised people to avoid stretches such as Narsinghpur area, Jharsa Crossing, Sector 29, Sector 38, Sector 50, Rajeev Chowk, Sheetla Mata Road, Civil Lines, Golf Course Extension Road, Vatika Chowk, Sector 52 and Daulatabad Flyover. “We have deployed teams, and are pumping out water through motors to ensure smooth flow of traffic, but congestions are being reported from many areas,” Ravinder Kumar Tomar, deputy commissioner of police (traffic) said, warning commuters to plan their journeys accordingly.
New Delhi: The heavy rain and gusty winds uprooted trees and led to water logging in Delhi on Monday and triggered power cuts across the city. The India Meteorological Department said thunderstorms were expected to continue in the city accompanied by gusty winds with a speed of 60-90 kilometre per hour. Officials urged residents, especially children, to stay away from electricity poles, sub-stations, transformers, and streetlights.
Delhi was much in need of a relief amid intense heatwave over the last few weeks and heavy rain and thunderstorms did just that. The mercury dropped by around 11 degrees Celsius in nearly 1.5 hours on Monday morning. “Today, between 5:40 am and 7 am, temperature fell by 11 degree Celsius, from 29 degree Celsius to 18 degree Celsius,” the India Meteorological Department said as per news agency ANI. Power blackouts were also reported.
The India Meteorological Department issued a warning for several parts of Delhi-NCR as heavy rain and thunderstorms lashed the national capital on Monday morning. Extreme wind gusts going up to a ravaging speed of 90 Kmph is also expected. Predicted impact of storm The weather department officials have predicted damage to vulnerable structures and kutcha houses/walls and huts. “Damage to plantations, horticulture and standing crops,” is also expected today. Immediately get out of water bodies.