Nirbhaya: 4 years later, a nation awaits justice

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New Delhi, Dec 16: It has been four since India woke up to the horrific rape and murder of Nirbhaya.

An incident that shocked the conscience of the nation and raised questions as to how safe women were in the country.


On December 16, 2012, an innocent girl was raped and murdered and a nation united in grief.

It is four years now and her killers are still alive thanks to a slow paced judicial system.

Thanks to the many loopholes in the judicial system, the accused have managed to drag the case on.

The accused who were awarded death penalty had moved the Supreme Court.

In the Supreme Court the case it at is final stage. As per India legal standards, this is quick.

However many would not agree as in such cases a precedent had to be set.

Delayed justice:
Following the incident there was a great deal of outpouring of grief.

People demanded speedy justice and the government had ensured that justice would be done soon.

The police did manage to arrest the perpetrators of the crime in quick time and even file a chargesheet.

Ram Singh, Mukesh, Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta were arrested in four days of the crime being committed.

The fifth a juveline was arrested on December 21 while the sixth accused Akshay was picked up by the police a day later.

The juvenile who was considered to be the most violent got away with a correction stay in a juvenile home.

At first it appeared as though the case was moving at a quick pace.

The incident took place on December 16.

The girl who was in a very serious condition was moved to Singapore for treatment, but breathed her last on December 29.

The police action was quick. The chargesheet was filed on January 3 2013 and proceedings began two days later.
On February 2 charges were framed against the accused persons.

Ram Singh however committed suicide in Tihar Jail in March. On September 10, the court sentenced the other accused to death.

The case went up before the High Court for confirmation of death penalty on September 23.

On March 13 2014 the High Court upheld the death sentence on March 13 2014. It is now two and half years and the matter is pending before the Supreme Court.

A nation is waiting for a closure and let us hope the Supreme Court is listening.

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