Gudiya’s kin remorse ‘elusive justice’ as Hathras reopens wounds

Subhash Rajta

Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 6

Few would understand the pain and anguish of the family of the Hathras murder and alleged gangrape victim more than the parents of ‘Gudiya’ (not her real name), who was raped and murdered over three years ago in Kotkhai area of upper Shimla.

Yet, the family has nothing to offer, not even the hope of justice, to the UP’s bereaved family. “What can we tell them after what has happened with us? From our experience, we can’t even tell them justice will be done,” says Gudiya’s elder sister.

“It’s been almost four years now and we are as far away from justice as on Day 1 after the incident,” she bemoans.

For the family, the Hathras incident has reopened their wounds. “Even as we are fighting for justice, we are trying hard to get back some normalcy in our lives. But when such incidents happen, thoughts like how much pain she must have endured and how scared she must have been when she was assaulted hit us hard,” the sister mumbles in a choked voice.

The mother sounds equally helpless and defeated: “We want justice for our daughter and for every other wronged girl. If our daughter had got justice, maybe many other incidents wouldn’t have happened.”

The father, on the other hand, is furious with everyone — media, government, politicians and law enforcing agencies. “What do we tell others when we haven’t been able to get justice for our own daughter. We have knocked on all doors, and everyone has disappointed us,” he asserts.

The schoolgirl was raped and killed at Halaila village in Kotkhai area of Shimla district on July 4, 2017. She had gone missing while on her way back from school and her body was found in a forest two days later, triggering massive protests.

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