They should hang them to make an example of rapists,if nothing more, a young boy,waiting at the Munirka bus stop,said. It was here,eight months and 25 days ago,that the horrifying ordeal of the 23-year-old paramedic student and her male friend began one winter night.
Even as a fast-track court handed out a guilty verdict to all five accused in the case on Tuesday,the horror the brutal incident evoked in the psyche of the public refused to die. Conversations at the Munirka bus stop,predictably,centred around that ill-fated night and its fall-out.
A Class XI student of a government school in Munirka takes the bus home from the same stop every day.
The boys fight among themselves but,thankfully,Ive never been teased here. But I have heard what happened here. My parents keep reminding me to be careful and vigilant,even though I travel during the day, she said.
Women waiting here appeared wary and tended to gravitate towards each other. They stood in small groups in one corner of the stop. As news of the court verdict spread,they spoke of how the fear and insecurity had suddenly became more real post December 16.
Delhi has never been the most secure city,but it was something that remained in the back of everyones mind. Now,its the first thing one thinks of when stepping out of home, a middle-aged woman,who came to pick up her 10-year-old daughter from the bus stop,said.
Others spoke of how the December 16 gangrape shocked them more because it took place on a bus,in the middle of a crowded public place. What was most shocking was that a bus with drunk people could move around the city ferrying passengers, another student said.