NEW DELHI: The proceedings against the juvenile accused in the Delhi bus gangape and murder case before the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) on Saturday were briefly interrupted when the younger brother of Nirbhaya tried to attack the accused.
Sources inside the courtroom said the brother, who had come to hear the verdict, was overwhelmed, and “when the judgment was being delivered by principal magistrate Geetanjali Goel, he tried to attack the juvenile. The situation, however, was controlled in no time with the people in the courtroom holding the brother back.
After coming out of the hearing, he broke down and said he disagreed with the quantum of the sentence awarded to the juvenile accused. Without waiting further, he forced his way along with his parents by pushing the iron gate of the complex where policemen were posted.
Later, speaking to TOI, Nirbhaya’s father defended his son’s action by saying “We know our limits and will never attack anyone. But, yes, he is a young and emotionally charged and hence got angry over the decision. But I did not attack anyone. I was with him.”
The family seemed visibly upset by the outcome. The parents broke down and rushed outside the courtroom, saying they had lost the battle and that there was no need for these proceedings. “I was already dead on December 29, when I lost my daughter. However, I gathered courage to attend the proceedings at the board thinking the minor will be hanged. The board should have sentenced him keeping in mind his crime and not thinking of his age at the time of offence,” said the brother.
The victim’s father said he would move the higher courts against the order. Visibly upset, he said it was a crime in India to be born as a girl. “Is this justice? Three years for such a heinous crime. The accused has sections for all serious crimes slapped on him but he has got away with a punishment that means nothing,” he said.
But later he told TOI that for now he was trying to deal with the emotional storm within. “I am angry and very unhappy right now and don’t know what to do. Maybe a day or two later, I will consult my lawyer to see what is the best thing to do…whether we should go to the high court.”
Later, the brother said, “Children above 16 years of age have senses and they know what is wrong and what is right. He was violent even in the juvenile home, where he was kept, as there were reports of him having attacked inmates with a blade there. I have seen my sister dying, every minute, every second. I will approach the higher courts.”(TOI)