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9 years after, women's safety still an untouched topic: Nirbhaya's father

IANS | December 16, 2021 11:56 AM

NEW DELHI: It's been exactly nine years since Nirbhaya rape case was reported in Delhi -- a case that still sends shivers down spine of anyone who gets to know about this horrible incident that took place in the national capital in 2012. But, lessons not learnt, women's safety continues to be a matter of concern, says Nirbhaya's father.

The 22-year-old female physiotherapist intern, was brutally thrashed, gang-raped, and tortured by six men in a private bus that she and her male friend had boarded at a bus stop near South Delhi.

In an interview with IANS, Nirbhaya's father spoke about the trial and punishment to the perpetrators and women's safety.

Excerpts from the interview:

Q: The accused in the Nirbhaya case were hanged last year. Do you think Nirbhaya got justice?

A: Yes, according to us. Nirbhaya has got justice. It took us many years and we are thankful to everyone who joined us in this fight for justice. It would not have been possible without the mass support.

Q: Do you think that after nine years of that incident, Delhi has become safer for women?

A: No, not at all. I believe women in Parliament should speak about the issue of women safety more often on the floor. But we do not see that happening. Since the day Nirbhaya happened so many daughters have been brutalised and murdered in a similar manner. We cannot call Delhi or any place for that matter safe for women until these kinds of incidents do not come to a halt.

Q: A web series has also been made on the Nirbhaya case. Do you think such incidents should be made into films or series?

A: We have not watched this series as of now and we have had no say in this because we were not consulted. If we were asked to put in our inputs in the making of the series, we would have shared all, and also which policeman helped us to what extent and who did not.

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