NEW DELHI: The lawyer and kin of the atrocious rapists who brutalized a 23-year-old paramedical student on the night of 16 December 2012 are leaving no stones unturned to create drama at the doors of justice.
Now, in an unanticipated move, the family members of the four death row convicts wrote a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind, requesting his permission for euthanasia. The parents, siblings and children of the convicts are seeking mercy killing for themselves.
In a letter written in Hindi, the families of the convicts wrote, “We request you (President) and the parents of the victim to accept our request and give us permission for euthanasia and stop any crime from happening in the future so that another incident like Nirbhaya doesn’t happen and the court doesn’t have to hang five people in place of one,"
“In our country, even “Mahapapi” are forgiven. Revenge is not the definition of power. There is power in forgiving,” the letter read.
On the fateful cold December night, 6 men dared to touch a woman against her will; they beat up her friend and later viciously gang-raped her on a moving bus. They inserted iron rods in her, causing massive damage to her genitals, uterus, and intestines. "She was found with injury marks, including numerous bite marks, all over her body. According to reports, one of the accused men admitted to having seen a rope-like object, assumed to be her intestines, being pulled out of the woman by the other assailants on the bus."
The justice system has already forgiven a juvenile who was just a few months shy from his 18th birthday in 2012. He was released after serving 3 years at a rehabilitation centre. It is alleged that it was this juvenile who inserted an iron rod in the young woman. Today, he roams the streets of India freely despite his atrocious crime.
Hanging the four rapists may not affect the crime rate against women at all. But, it is time we teach these men IT IS NOT OKAY TO TOUCH A WOMAN WITHOUT HER CONSENT.
Shivalik Journal awaits 20th March-- the day the four convicts are scheduled to be hanged to death. We hope this time the law is upheld.