Nirbhaya case: No decrease in sexual crimes after 2 years; BJP says befitting tribute still pending

Anniversary of December 16 gang rape case.

New Delhi, Dec 16: As the nation on Tuesday observes the 2nd anniversary of December 16 gang rape case, BJP said that a befitting tribute to Nirbhaya would be when we use the technology available to us.

BJP’s spokesperson and treasurer Shaina NC told a news agency: “We still have a 1000cr Nirbhaya fund to be utilized; befitting tribute to her would be if we use technology available to us.”

Shaina further said: “There are lacunas in the system, but if we need fast-tracks then strong prosecution system is required.”

Expressing her disappointment, former AAP leader Shazia Ilmi said the nation has not been able to pay the actual tribute to Nirbhaya.

Ilmi added: “After many protest and demands for improvement in women safety, no reforms have been observed. Many cases are observed but lodging FIR by women seems to be difficult.”

Women’s rights activist Malini Bhattacharya in Kolkata said that although there have been some positive changes in the law since the December 16 gang rape that shook the nation two years ago, incidents of sexual violence against women have still not gone down.

Bhattacharya reportedly said: “On one hand there has been a change in the law which women’s movement has been wanting for a long time. So some positive change has certainly taken place in the law. At the same time we find that there has been there has been no let in such incidents, there has been no decrease in the incidents of sexual violence.”

Victim`s family urges judiciary to expedite case
   
The family of the victim still waiting for the courts to grant them justice urged the judiciary to expedite the court proceedings to grant justice in the case.

The victim’s father said: “Whenever I look at her photo, I am not able to look into her eyes because we haven’t been able get her justice.”

He further said: “I request the court to speed-up the process and grant justice. After the incident I feel that the society has awakened, every day we see something or the other being done about women safety. It is our system which needs to wake up.”

The victim’s mother, on the other hand, said: “Two years have passed, we still haven’t got justice. Many promises were made, but the situation is still the same.”

On December 16, 2012 a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was brutally gang raped by six men, including a juvenile, in a bus. The woman later succumbed to grave intestinal injuries at a Singapore hospital, where she had been airlifted for specialised treatment.

The four adults accused in the case were awarded the death penalty on September 13, 2013, with the Delhi High Court upholding the death penalty in March 2014.

The case is currently with the Supreme Court after the convicts appealed against the judgment.

(With Agency Inputs)

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