NEW DELHI: The mother of the December 2012 Delhi gang-rape and murder victim Asha Devi has pooh poohed senior lawyer Indira Jaising’s advice to forgive the four men, who committed the brutal crime against her daughter.
Reacting to Jaising’s tweet on Friday wondered how the lawyer could give her such a suggestion when the entire country wants the execution of the convicts.
“I can’t believe how Indira Jaising even dared to suggest this. I met her many times over the years in the Supreme Court, not once did she ask for my wellbeing and today she is speaking for convicts. Such people earn a livelihood by supporting rapists, hence rape incidents don’t stop,” she was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying.
Jaising had tweeted the request soon after the mother had said she felt “betrayed” after a court in Delhi deferred the date of the execution of the four convicts from January 22 to February 1. Earlier, she had requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure the execution of the convicts as per original schedule.
“While I fully identify with the pain of Asha Devi I urge her to follow the example of Sonia Gandhi who forgave Nalini and said she didn’t not want the death penalty for her. We are with you but against the death penalty (sic),” Jaising had tweeted.
The lawyer was referring to Nalini, who was arrested and convicted for her role in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 allegedly by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
The 23-year-old woman’s mother broke down on Friday after the court set the new date for hanging the four convicts.
The four convicts — Mukesh Singh, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma — were among the six men who brutally gang-raped and murdered the paramedical student on a moving bus on December 16, 2012.
Mukesh Singh, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma were convicted and sentenced to death for the crime. One of the convicts was a juvenile and let off after serving three years in a reform home and the other allegedly committed suicide in jail (With input from ANI).
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