The Supreme Court today ordered death penalty for the four convicts of December 16 Nirbhaya gang rape case. Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh Singh have been slapped with a death sentence for the henious crime they committed 4 years- 4 months- and 18 days back.
All these years, Delhi Police has received much criticism due to their alleged inability in ensuring women’s safety in the capital. However, they had gone on to quickly crack the case, nabbing all the 6 suspects within 3 days of the crime.
Inspector Anil Sharma, who led the investigating team, told Hindustan Times that they made a watertight case to get justice for the Delhi braveheart.
Knowing about the stories behind disturbing crimes and living with it throughout the life is a part of the daily job of cops like Anil Sharma. However, the Delhi gang rape, has left him “shaken and scarred for life”, says Anil.
Sharma, who was the station house officer of the Vasant Vihar police station in December 2016, said he had promised to himself that he would get justice for the 23-year-old paramedical student.
He says, “When I met the victim in the hospital, I was shattered. I had vowed that I would get her justice,” Sharma told HT over phone, minutes after the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence to the four convicts in the case.
She had an entire life and a promising career ahead of her. I took it up as a personal challenge to ensure justice for her soul.
Over the next five years, Sharma led the police team investigating the case. “From scientific and material evidence to DNA profiling, we had collected evidence to make watertight case against the accused. We made sure all loose ends were tied before we went to the court.”
Throughout the investigation, Sharma motivated his team by urging each member to take up the case as a “personal responsibility” to bring it to its “logical conclusion”.
“We knew that we could not undo what had happened. So we focused on what needed to be done so that such crimes do not recur.”, says the cop.