Nirbhaya is the nickname used for the infamous Delhi gang rape victim of 16 December 2012. The victim, a 23-year-old woman and her boyfriend were returning home from Saket Se in South Delhi that night after watching the movie ‘Life of Pi’.
Convicted in a fearless case
– Photo: Amar Ujala
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On December 16, 2012, a 23-year-old medical student was brutally gang-raped by six men on a moving bus in Delhi. After being severely beaten, he was thrown out of the bus in a secluded spot. He died on 29 December 2012 in a hospital in Singapore. This outrageous case has shaken the conscience of the whole nation and people have taken to the streets in anger. The incident became an international headline and led to a debate on changing the law on sexual violence against women in India and calling for tougher punishment in rape cases.
Seeing the outrage of the people, the government also took action and handed over the responsibility of reforming the rape law to the Justice Verma Committee. Within three months of the incident, the committee reviewed laws relating to rape and sexual harassment of women and tightened legislation to protect women.