Nirbhaya's parents welcome Hyderabad encounter; Shashi Tharoor cautions against extra-judicial killings

Updated: 06 December, 2019 13:26 IST | PTI | New Delhi

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor sounded a word of caution, saying extra-judicial killings were not acceptable

Congress member Shashi Tharoor speaks in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi. Pic/ PTI
Congress member Shashi Tharoor speaks in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi. Pic/ PTI

New Delhi: The father of Nirbhaya, the 23-year-old paramedic student who died days after being gang-raped in Delhi in December 2012, welcomed the news of the death of the accused in the Hyderabad gangrape-and-murder case in a police encounter on Friday and said the family's wait for justice ended early. Had the police not acted promptly and shot the accused, they would have fled and might not have been caught again, he said.

"It is good that the police showed prompt response and acted. Otherwise, the accused would have fled and it would have been difficult to catch them. The escape would also have raised questions on the efficiency of the police," he told PTI over the phone. The father of the paramedic student, who was brutally gang-raped inside a moving bus in the national capital on December 16, 2012, said they had been waiting for justice for seven years now.

"The family of the Hyderabad doctor will not have to wait for seven years for justice like us. We can understand the pain of her parents. At least, they got justice early," he said. The mother of Nirbhaya appealed to the authorities not to punish the policemen involved in the encounter. Meanwhile, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor sounded a word of caution, saying extra-judicial killings were not acceptable.

"Agree in principle. We need to know more, for instance, if the criminals were armed, the police may have been justified in opening fire preemptively. Until details emerge we should not rush to condemn. But extra-judicial killings are otherwise unacceptable in a society of laws," the former Union minister said in a tweet. National Commission for Women (NCW) chief Rekha Sharma said she was happy that the accused in the Hyderabad gangrape-and-murder case were dead, but added that justice should have been done through proper legal channels.

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First Published: 06 December, 2019 13:00 IST

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