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Delhi gangrape convicts hanged: We were tired but never gave up, says victim’s mother

Delhi gangrape case: She has urged the Supreme Court to "issue guidelines so that no one can adopt delaying tactics in such cases in future."

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 21, 2020 3:18:35 am
Asha Devi while talking to reporters after the execution of all four convicts. (ANI Photo)

With the four convicts in the December 16, 2012 gangrape-murder case being hanged early Friday morning, the victim’s mother said justice, though delayed, was not denied by the courts. Thanking the judiciary and the government, she said, “They dismissed all the pleas in the last 24 hours… this is a victory for all women and daughters.”

The couple returned home Friday morning after the Supreme Court upheld the death warrant. Hugging her daughter’s photo, the woman’s mother said: “The convicts and their lawyers tried manipulating the law through different tactics. We were tired and struggled to keep up with their petitions but never gave up. I promised myself that I would not stop until I see the four men hanged. Today is that day… we will sleep peacefully now.”

The couple said they will continue to help “other daughters who face issues with the legal system”. “Seven years ago, we didn’t know much about the law… We need stringent laws so that rape accused are immediately sent to jail or hanged,” said the mother.

Her father said, “Though the last seven years were tough, I never stopped believing in the law. Lawyers, policemen and the media supported us a lot.”

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