“The men who killed my daughter did not show an iota of remorse for the past seven years. They are beyond reform, and deserve to die,” said Sabita Ghosh, soon after a city court awarded death sentence to the killers of her daughter, Jigisha.
“Killing women without any provocation had become a habit for them. If they do not die, they will kill other people,” said the 58-year-old mother, who broke down while remembering her daughter.
She said Jigisha was against death sentences and might not have agreed with the penalty if she was alive, but the killers deserved nothing less.
“Neither Jigisha nor the other victims had harmed these killers in any way. My daughter is gone forever, but no one deserves to die that way,” said Sabita.
End of a chapter
Her 72-year-old husband, Jagannath Ghosh, spoke little. He, however, expressed satisfaction over the judgment.
“We cannot get back our daughter, but justice has been served,” said Jigisha’s father.
The battle, over the years, has taken a toll on the couple, whose visits to hospitals have become a routine affair. Jagannath recently recovered from typhoid.
“Along with our daughter, the murderers killed us. Since then, we had dedicated our lives to seeking justice for Jigisha,” said Sabita.
The couple had been braving threat calls ever since conviction in the case seemed a certainty.
The callers, who wanted to know where the couple lived, stopped threatening only once the police were informed.
The threat is such that the couple has been advised by the police never to disclose their address.
The couple, meanwhile, praised the police, the prosecution and the media for their support all throughout.
They thanked IPS officer H.G.S Dhaliwal, who had led the investigation.
The police had got a whiff of the three convicts’ involvement as they had gone about extensively using the ATM cards of the victim after abducting and killing her in 2009, soon after she got off her office cab around 4 a.m. near her Vasant Kunj home.
“Apart from an eyewitness who had seen the killers abducting the victim, they were captured on CCTVs at various places as they went about buying watches, TV and shoes using Jigisha’s ATM cards,” said a senior officer.
They were also found in possession of various purchase slips issued to them. Some of these slips had their signatures, and writing experts verified them in courts.
A CCTV footage showed one of the convicts wearing Jigisha’s gold chain and a sapphire-studded ring. These jewellery items had been identified by Jigisha’s parents