Delhi Commission for Women chief, Swati Maliwal, has said that Nirbhaya rapist Vinay Sharma’s suicide attempt was an act what the system should have done long ago, implying that he should have been hanged for his crime.
“What the system was supposed to do, the Nirbhaya rapist himself is trying to do now. Nirbhaya’s rapists need to be given the death penalty and this needs to be done immediately,” she was quoted by ANI.
Maliwal also said that Sharma’s lawyers’ allegations of torture inside the jail must be investigated. The rapist’s lawyer had alleged that Sharma had not attempted suicide and instead it was a murder attempt against him.
Maliwal said that there was an immediate need to send a strong message in society that rapists will not be forgiven and that they will be awarded capital punishment for this heinous crime.
“It is extremely important that not just Nirbhaya’s rapists, but every person who is committing a rape, needs to be given a death penalty. There needs to be a very strong message in the system that we will no longer tolerate rapes,? she said.
She added, “I had met Nirbhaya’s mother very recently and she told me that despite the fact that Nirbhaya is dead, even now such humiliating questions are being asked in court that it?s almost like I feel good that my daughter is dead and she doesn’t have to face these humiliating questions as to how was she touched, did she actually go into ‘she wanted to get raped'”
“It is very sad that this is happening. The courts need to take cognizance and immediately we need to do something about it,” Maliwal added.
Vinay Sharma, one of the four convicts sentenced to death for the rape and murder of Nirbhaya in a moving bus in Delhi in December 2012, attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself on Wednesday in Tihar Jail.
He is admitted to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, where he is recovering now.