Law & Governance

“I Felt Nothing When She Begged Mercy For Her Son”: Nirbhaya's Mother

BP World Bureau | Jan 09 2020 10:44:02 AM
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Asha Devi, the mother of a 23-year-old paramedical student who succumbed to horrific torture and gangrape on December 16th 2012, revealed that one of the convict's mother pleaded for mercy when the hanging date for the four rapists was announced. 

She said that she had been crying “tears of blood” for seven years and has become numb to pleadings and mercy. 

One of the rapists, Mukesh Singh's mother cried and begged for mercy on behalf of her son saying that she has a daughter and understands her. 

Asha's only response to the woman was, "how can I forget what happened to my daughter?"

She has seen the worst state her daughter was in. And every rape and gangrape only reminds her of what happened to her daughter. 

Mukesh Singh was the one who gave a horrifying victim-blaming interview in the controversial documentary 'India's Daughter' which was endorsed by the likes of Meryl Streep, Dakota Fanning and Frieda Pinto. 

Read: Nirbhaya Rapists To Be Hanged On January 22nd 

Singh said in the film that the victim shouldn't have fought back or else they would not have used the iron rod. He went onto say that women should be in kitchens and not out of their homes and go to the disco parties. “Nirbhaya brought it upon herself because she was out at night with her friend,'' he said.

He made it sound like, he and the other five men wanted to teach her a lesson for stepping out late at night with her friend. 

The documentary received flak and Indian government banned it because it defamed Nirbhaya. But, at the same time, several sections supported the documentary saying that it is a wake-up call for Indian society who share the same victim-blaming and slut-shaming views as Mukesh Singh. 

Javed Akhtar said in the parliament that she is glad that the documentary is made because it is a slap on the face for those who think like a rapist. 

The announcement of the rapists' death sentence shows that men cannot get away with what they do to women, said Asha Devi in an interview. 

The Delhi court announced that the four convicts will be hung on January 22nd this year. Many executioners from across India have volunteered for rapists' execution. 

Nirbhaya gangrape was regarded as one of the worst cases of violence against women but it led to reckoning in Indian law and judiciary system.