Asha Devi was clearly dumbfounded to learn that Indira Jaising, a senior Supreme Court lawyer, thinks she should forgive the four men awaiting execution for gangraping Nirbhaya.
Nirbhaya’s mother told ANI she “can’t believe” how Jaising dared suggest this, and said it is “because of people like her [that] justice is not done with rape victims”.
Indira Jaising on Friday had asked Nirbhaya’s mother to forgive her daughter’s rapists, and cited the example of Sonia Gandhi’s forgiveness for Nalini, a life convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
“Who is Indira Jaising to give me such a suggestion? Whole country wants the convicts to be executed. Just because of people like her, justice is not done with rape victims,” Asha Devi was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Nirbhaya’s mother claimed that she had met Indira Jaising many times in the Supreme Court but “not once” was the senior advocate concerned about her well being.
“Today she is speaking for the convicts. Such people earn livelihood by supporting rapists, hence rape incidents don’t stop,” Nirbhaya’s mother said.
‘FULLY IDENTIFY WITH ASHA DEVI’S PAIN’
Indira Jaising on Friday took to Twitter to make her request shortly after Asha Devi expressed her disappointment when a Delhi court postponed the date of the execution of the four convicts.
“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,” Indira Jaising tweeted.
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 death penalty. https://t.co/VkWNIbiaJp
Indira Jaising (@IJaising) January 17, 2020
Earlier on Friday, Asha Devi had lashed out at political parties, stating that “the same people who had in 2012 gone around participating in rallies and raised slogans for women’s safety are playing with the death of my daughter for their political gains. They have stopped the execution for their political gains”.
The death-row convicts who were earlier slated to be executed on January 22 at 7 am will now be hanged on February 1 at 6 am.
Asha Devi said the convicts got what they wished for. “I will not be satisfied until they are hanged,” Nirbhaya’s mother said.
Four convicts, Vinay, Akshay, Pawan and Mukesh were convicted and sentenced to death for raping Nirbhaya in a moving bus in the national capital on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012.
Source – India Today