New Delhi: An eye-for-an-eye is what the the Haldars would have ideally wanted, but the death sentence for Monider Singh Pandher and Surender Koli has made them happy. The Ghaziabad court on Friday said that the brutal rape and murder of 14-year-old Rimpa Haldar was the rarest of the rare case and deserved the highest punishment.
Rimpa's father, Anil Haldar says, "We arevery happy and will celebrate like it's Diwali. All children are safe now."
Rimpa's mother, Dolly Haldar adds, "If he (Pandher) comes in front of me, I will kill him."
It was more than a simple legal defeat for the CBI. Despite the fact that India's premier investigating agency had found nothing against Pandher, the court was convinced of his role in the grisly murders. The victim's lawyers had argued that Pandher had helped the Uttar Pradesh Police in recovering the skulls of the victims and the murder weapon making him a clear party to criminal conspiracy.
Rimpa's lawyer, Khalid Khan says, "However, much they tried to save the criminal, they failed. This is a big defeat for the CBI."
But Pandher's family feels that justice has not been done.
Moninder Singh Pandher's son, Karan Pandher said, "Our case has been ruined by the media. My father told me not to appeal but being a son I will appeal in the High Court."
The verdict sets a very strong precedence for the remaining 18 cases of the Nithari serial killings. While the convicts go for an appeal in a higher court, the families of other victims await justice in a similar manner.