Nirbhaya was a pivot of hope, parents had sold their only piece of land to educate her
New Delhi: It has been a turbulent nine months for the parents of the December 16 Delhi gang-rape victim, Nirbhaya. This was the daughter they sold their only piece of land to educate. She was the pivot of hope and aspiration in their cramped household in a crowded Delhi locality.
Less than a month after her death in a Singapore hospital, 23-year-old Nirbhaya, who was gang-raped and tortured on a moving bus in south Delhi on the December 16 night, had figured in a list of successful candidates put out by the Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in Uttarakhand.
She had secured 72.7 per cent in the fourth year examination of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy course. She had got 800 out of a total of 1100 marks. Her performance was "very good" in all subjects.
She had taken the examination in September 2012.
As per the statement of marks, she had secured 124 (out of 200) in physiotherapy in orthopaedics; 147 (out of 200) in physiotherapy in neurology; 151 (out of 200) in physiotherapy in cardiothoracic conditions; 144 (out of 200) in physiotherapy in general medicine; 160 (out of 200) in physiotherapy in clinical dissertation; and, 74 (out of 100) in research methodology.
A fast track court in Delhi on Tuesday convicted four adult accused - Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh. The quantum of the punishment against them will be announced on Wednesday.
The girl's parents were present at the Saket court for the verdict. They said if all the rapists are awarded death sentence, then only they will get justice.
The young woman was beaten mercilessly after sexual assault
The braveheart burst into tears when she saw her mother in Safdarjang Hospital three days after the brutal attack. Describing the ordeal she had suffered, Nirbhaya reportedly told her mother that she was beaten mercilessly.
"I can never forget how she wept in hospital and said 'they (rapists) beat me so badly,'" the mother of the 23-year-old medical student, who was brutally gang-raped on a moving bus in the national capital last year, told NDTV in an interview.
The mother was the first to meet her young daughter in hospital three days after the attack. She was also with her when she died 13 days later of her grievous injuries in a Singapore hospital.
"The way these men assaulted her, I can't tell you. But the world knows. The world stood behind us and fought with us. These men should be hung till death because they don't deserve to live in our society," the mother, weeping bitterly, said told the TV channel.
Ten days ago, a juvenile board verdict bitterly disappointed the parents. One of the attackers, who was 17 at the time of the assault, was sentenced to three years in a reform centre, the maximum punishment for a juvenile found guilty of rape and murder.
The student's parents wept after that verdict, describing it as grossly inadequate. "It is a crime to be born a girl in this country," said her father.
Less than a month after her death in a Singapore hospital, the 23-year-old had secured 72.7 per cent in the fourth year examination of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy course.