Nirbhaya verdict reminder to provide safe environment to women: Sonia Gandhi
Congress president Sonia Gandhi today said that justice has been delivered in the Nirbhaya case and that the court verdict is a reminder to work tirelessly for building a safe environment for women.
In a statement following the Supreme Court verdict upholding the death sentence for all four convicts in the brutal gang rape of 2012, Gandhi said Nirbhaya's family had become a symbol of every woman's fight against sexual violence.
The case had agonised the soul of India, she said.
"Four years after the heartbreaking Nirbhaya case that agonised the soul of India, justice has been delivered. I feel deeply for the courageous family of this brave daughter of India, who rose to become a symbol of every woman's fight against sexual violence," Gandhi said.
She said every daughter of India had the right to lead a life of dignity and equality.
"The court's judgment is a reminder to each one of us to work tirelessly towards building a safe and secure environment for women. To lead a life of dignity, pride, respect and equality is the right of every daughter of India and it is for all of us to ensure that she gets it," Gandhi said.
The four were convicted for raping and assaulting the 23-year-old paramedical student inside a moving bus on December 16, 2012 which led to her death 13 days later in a Singapore hospital.