College girl mother, 23, gang raped and murdered on a bus in Delhi in 2012, speaks out as murderers executors
Jyoti Singh’s mother, who was raped and murdered by a group in a New Dehli bus in 2012, has spoken out about the executions of her daughter’s killers today, seven years after their crime.
Outside the capital’s Tihar prison, where the rapists were executed, Asha Devi, 51, declared ‘the beasts were hanged’ while making a V-for-victory sign, saying, ‘Finally, after seven years, my daughter got justice . ”
23-year-old Jyoti Singh, a physiotherapist student, was raped by a gang of six men on a bus in Delhi, India’s capital, while returning home from the cinema in December 2012 with a young male friend.
Asha Devi (left), the mother of the 23-year-old student who was raped and murdered in 2012, makes a V-for-victory sign and celebrates with her sister today as her daughter’s murderers became more than seven years later executed
The two were attacked with a metal bar used to cause horrific internal injuries to Jyoti. The couple was dumped naked along the way. While the girlfriend survived, Jyoti died in the hospital 12 days later after identifying her attackers.
Ms. Devi admits that she believes it was better for her daughter Jyoti to die after the brutal attack rather than “being subjected to crime time and again in her fight for justice.”
After Jyoti identified the men, all six criminals were immediately arrested.
However, one of them was a young person at the time of the incident and was released from prison three years later, and another convict committed suicide in prison.
The victim’s parents, Badrinath Singh (left) and Asha Devi (center) celebrated what they believed was justified for the murder of their daughter today
The remaining four – Akshay Kumar Singh, 31, Pawan Gupta, 25, Vinay Sharma, 26, and Mukesh Singh 32 – remained on death row until they were hanged in the heavily guarded Tihar prison in Delhi this morning at 5:30 am.
Minutes after the executions, the victim’s mother added, “I hugged my daughter’s photo and told her we were finally getting justice.”
Last month, Ms. Devi said, “I have often felt that it is good that my daughter is not here to witness this. Someone else committed the crime, but she would have felt like a criminal in this fight for justice. ‘
Akshay Thakur (top left), Vinay Sharma (top right), Pawan Gupta (bottom left) and Mukesh Singh (bottom right) were all hanged in the heavily guarded Tihar prison in Delhi, India, Friday for the gang rape and murder of 23-year-old student Jyoti Singh in 2012
Add: “The crime is said to have been repeated over and over in its fight for justice. And she would have been taunted, terrible questions would have been asked. ‘
“If she were here, she would like to fight, but she would have been tortured. She had already experienced trauma. What pain she must have suffered is something we can never imagine, but if she survived, how would she have handled it over and over? ‘
The case sparked anger at the magnitude of sexual violence in India and eventually led to stricter laws.
The execution was India’s first since 2015, but it led to celebrations outside the prison this morning as the hangings were carried out around 5:30 am.
Ms. Devi and her husband Badri Singh, 60, added that they believe women have no future in India
Police and paramilitary personnel were deployed to maintain security outside of the prison, while the executions took place as groups of plates gathered at the gates.
Ms. Devi and her husband Badri Singh, 60, added that they believe women have no future in India.
Before hanging up, the mother said, “There couldn’t be a worse case than my daughter’s. I was confident that the criminals would certainly be hanged. I had confidence in that. Our daughter WILL get justice. And all those women in similar cases will renew their hope for justice. The whole country is getting justice. I’m not afraid. I will rest assured that those men – as they brutally destroyed my daughter’s life – will be dead. ‘
People wave Indian flags standing outside the gates of Tihar prison to celebrate the execution of the four rapists and murderers in a case that sparked an explosion in India
The four were originally sentenced to death by a court in 2013, after a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was raped by six men in a driving bus. Pictured: Police investigating the bus believed to be the location of the crime in 2012
Add: ‘The perverts in our country only need a woman, be it a baby, a young girl or an old lady. They don’t care, and given the loopholes in our legal system, there is no hope either.
“If people continue to help criminals under the umbrella of human rights, I fear the future of girls in our country. I support the death penalty. It is needed. Many cases were reported after 2012, but none were granted justice. We urgently need to improve our legal system. A death sentence is announced but nothing is done for years. ‘
The victim could not be named in India under Indian law, but was called Nirbhaya – the fearless – by the press until her mother said she wanted to remember the real name of Jyoti Singh.
Asha Devi talks about the upcoming execution of her daughter’s murderers. January 30
All four of those executed today had recently filed petitions requesting sentencing to life imprisonment.
India is among the diminishing countries with the death penalty
India is a minority of the countries that enforce the death penalty.
According to the Amnesty International rights group, nearly three-quarters of the world’s 195 states have either abolished the sentence or have not executed it in the past decade.
According to Amnesty, by the end of 2018, 106 countries had completely abolished the death penalty for all crimes.
Almost half of them were located in Europe and Central Asia.
Another 36 countries maintained the death penalty, but had not carried out executions for at least ten years.
At least 690 executions were known to have taken place worldwide in 2018, a decrease of 31 percent from 2017, Amnesty says.
However, the figure, the lowest it had recorded in the past decade, did not include the ‘thousands’ of executions believed to have been carried out in China, keeping such data secret.
China remains the top executioner, followed by Iran.
Last year’s known executions were in 20 countries, with 253 in Iran alone.
While this was most common in another country, it was mid-2017 after changes to Iran’s anesthetic law, Amnesty’s report says.
Nevertheless, Iran was responsible for more than a third of the executions registered in 2018.
The next top managers were Saudi Arabia (149), Vietnam (85), Iraq (52) and Egypt (43).
Botswana, Sudan, Taiwan and Thailand all resume executions, but only accounted for six of the global total.
Among the countries that increased their annual executions were Belarus (4), Japan (15), Singapore (13) and South Sudan (7).
For the 10th consecutive year, the United States was the only country on the American continent to execute prisoners, killing 25 – two more than in 2017.
Nearly 400 people are on death row in India.
The latest execution was in 2015, when Yakub Memon, who was convicted of the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people, was hanged in prison.
But these were rejected by the Supreme Court.
The four had entered India’s slow-moving legal system relatively quickly, and their convictions and sentences were handed down less than a year after the crime.
India’s highest court upheld the guilty verdicts in 2017 and found that the men’s crimes had caused a ‘tsunami of shock’ among the Indians.
“The four convicts were hanged together at 5:30 AM,” said Sandeep Goel, head of Tihar prison in New Delhi.
Before the attack, Jyoti studied physiotherapy and worked at a call center. Her family had moved from a rural area and her father was making about $ 100 a month as an airport baggage handler.
The men on the bus – Ram Singh, Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur and Pawan Gupta – did subordinate jobs and lived in a slum in southern Delhi.
In 2018, nearly 34,000 rapes were reported in India, according to official data. This is considered the tip of the iceberg, and many more people are too scared to come forward.
But the ordeal of the woman and the fact that she was part of a generation of young women trying to escape from a still very traditional society struck a chord.
Women’s activist, Kavita Krishnan, who participated in the massive protests, said, “It was like the dam burst.
“It was not just revenge. Women said they don’t want to trade their freedom for security … There was a social awakening of society. ‘
It led to more severe punishments for rapists, including the death penalty for repeat offenders.
The executions could throw even more festivities on Friday, despite the government’s advice to avoid crowds due to the corona virus, while politicians are likely to rush to express their satisfaction.
But for Krishnan, this masks the continued failure of the government to provide justice and improve safety for women.
Nearly 150,000 rape cases are awaiting trial in India’s dysfunctional criminal justice system.
The government is trying to “turn the public gaze to the gallows to divert attention from what it has not done,” Krishnan said.