At Sant Ravi Dass Colony in RK Puram,it seemed as if the parents of the December 16 gangrape accused knew what was coming.
Parents of accused Pawan went about their daily chores on Tuesday,while Vinays father left home early morning. Till late afternoon,he did not return. Vinays mother Champa Devi,who was at home with her children,complained of journalists invading her privacy and said she had not been able to make lunch for her children till late noon.
Pawans younger sister was playing outside the colony with the other children. The girl requested this correspondent to not visit her father at his juice shop nearby. My parents are not at home. Do not go to the juice shop. My father will beat me if you go to the shop and disturb him, she said.
There were at least eight police officers guarding the entrance to the colony. They managed to get regular updates from the TVs blaring in each house,all tuned to the events outside the Saket court.
My son tells me he is not guilty. I had last seen him on Friday and his statement was the same. I dont know how to describe the state in which we are living. Imagine a mother who has been separated from her son, Champa Devi said. Vinays siblings too were following the developments of the case from news channels and said they wished to see their brother once.
The aged parents of Mukesh and Ram Singh,discreetly left the court premises after the verdict. Surrounded by a swarm of police personnel,the two went to Saket,where they are staying with their son Suresh. The couple told lawyers they did not want to talk to any mediaperson.