In a fitting reply to the atrocities on women which questioned the security for them in the Telugu states, the fast-track court on Thursday delivered the death sentence to the accused in the gangrape and murder of 30-year-old Samatha. The court has not only imposed a fine of Rs 26,000 on three accused Shaik Babu, Shaik Shaboddin, and Shaik Makdum but also sentenced them to death. The most-awaited verdict came as a relief to the Dalit organisations and civil rights groups who have been fighting for justice. Few minutes after the verdicts was announced, pitch silence followed by the applause echoed the court premises. On this note, the media which awaited the reaction of Samatha’s family got a satisfying answer from the victim’s husband.
Taking to the media followed by the court’s verdict, Samatha’s husband thanked the court and police for a speedy trial. “We went through a rough phase which no one, ever should face. Our children are unable to digest the truth that their mother is gone. But now I can tell them that her killers were punished,” he said with trembling voice. The brutal rape and murder of Samatha, the local of Yellapatur in Jellore mandal which took place on November 24th shocked the police back then. Samatha, a street hawker was trapped and raped by three locals who were later taken into custody.