In India, we are all aware of the fact that the ‘high class’ are capable of getting away with anything…even a Murder. ‘All the accused are acquitted’– the only words that Additional Sessions Judge SL Bhayana read out on the case that had shocked the Indian Capital on April 29, 1999 during a party at South Delhi’s Tamarind Court restaurant, in full view of hundreds of high-profile guests, including a top-ranking Delhi Police officer. Jessica was shot dead when she was tending the bar. The moonlit night and at least a hundred privileged party-goers had witnessed a murder most foul. A hundred people at the very least had heard the gunshots pierce the night, some, if not most of them had most certainly seen the man who pulled the trigger.
And it was seven years later that The Delhi High Court on Monday overturned a lower court verdict to convict Manu Sharma in the murder case. The court has also found co-accused Vikas Yadav and Amardeep Gill guilty, while acquitting five others. Vikas Yadav and Amardeep Singh Gill alias Tony were found guilty of conspiracy and destruction of evidence.
In all these years, the judgment was more shocking than the crime. The delayed justice is no more than injustice; it rather reduces the faith in the judiciary. In all these years, the gruesome murder has had devastating consequences for the entire Lall family. While her mother Kay passed away, the father suffers from amnesia after suffering two strokes. Now he remembers nothing. But much to the relief of Jessica’s sister who had lost hope long back but with little media support managed the culprits to their end. It was a long and hard journey towards justice (Chronology of events).