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Nirbhaya verdict: Actress Priyanka Chopra pens a moving letter

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After the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of all the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape case that shook the nation on the night of December 16, 2012, actress Priyanka Chopra took to social media to share her views on the same. “The flame of this verdict should singe not just the dastardly four but other such perpetrators in India as well,” the actress wrote in an open letter.

Chopra also said that she cannot accept the brutality of the crimes committed by the culprits and added that the fact that such incidents continue to happen in a ‘modern 21st century society’ troubles her. The 23-year-old physiotherapist was gangraped by six men, including one juvenile, on a moving bus, brutalized with an iron rod and her intestines were pulled out. She died in Singapore 13 days later.

In 2013, a trial court had ruled that the convicts should be hanged and in 2014 the high court confirmed the sentence. But the four convicts- Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh challenged the verdict in Supreme Court. In March 2013, one of the convicts, Ram Singh allegedly hanged himself in his cell in Tihar jail. And according to reports, the juvenile involved in the case was sent to the Juvenile Correction Home for three years and was released in December 2015.

Here’s what Priyanka chopra has to say on this entire event:

Yes, it has taken five long years, but today justice finally prevailed. The flame of this verdict should singe not just the dastardly four (of the other two, one is dead and one accused is a juvenile) but other such perpetrators in India as well. “The brutal, barbaric and demoniacal conduct of the convicts shook the conscience of humanity and they don’t deserve leniency,” said the Supreme Court while reading out the death sentence to the four accused in the Nirbhaya rape-cum-murder case. I’m so Proud of the Justice system for hearing her voice… in her dying declaration she appealed that her perpetrators not to be spared.

Justice – that is what an entire country demanded five years ago and never let the nation forget. Each voice that joined the battle was strident and clear – the six must be punished. Finally, they will pay. The brutality of such crimes is something I refuse to accept!!

That we, as a modern 21st century society, allow such heinous things to happen to our women never ceases to trouble me. Unfortunately, the past can never be undone. So, we move on and make a promise to ourselves. That when an entire country is unified in wanting something, action is taken. This awakening, this unified voice to stop such brutal and demoniacal crimes, as our Supreme Court said, is what we must never let go onto mute mode.

You will never be forgotten Nirbhaya.