Monday, July 03, 2006

Priyadarshini Mattoo's friends, youth activists start campaign to get 'Justice For Priyadarshini'

Press Release

Priyadarshini Mattoo's friends, youth activists start campaign to get 'Justice For Priyadarshini'

New Delhi, 3rd July, 2006: Priyadarshini means lovely. And so she was; a lovely girl with a zeal for life. She was not only a law student, but an award winning singer. She was the apple of her parents' eyes, and an inspiration to her friends and family.

Priyadarshini Mattoo was brutally raped and murdered in her home in South Delhi on 23rd January, 1996. Her murderer had stalked her for over a year. As he smashed her body in a violent rage, she inflicted wounds on him. She fought for every last breath of her life.

At the conclusion of the trial, the Judge wrote that "though I know he is the man who committed the crime, I acquit him, giving him the benefit of doubt... The influence of the father [IGP] has been there in the matter and there was deliberate inaction [by the CBI]."

Under a new Director, the CBI appealed the case calling it a "miscarriage of justice" and were "shocked with the acquittal order. The Mattoo case shows there is no accountability in the system." The case has remained pending in the Delhi High Court since.

Several of Priyadarshini's old friends and youth activists from around the world have formed the group "JUSTICE FOR PRIYADARSHINI", which seeks justice in the case.

"How many more years are we going to hide our heads in the sand? How many more years are we going to take to ensure our daughters and sisters are safe?" asked Indu Jalali, a childhood friend of Priyadarshini. She added: "India was once a country where women were given more respect than anywhere else in the world. What happened?"

The group first began a signature campaign, which has thus far received an overwhelming response. On 23rd July, 2006, on what would have been Priyadarshini's 36th Birthday, JUSTICE FOR PRIYADARSHINI will commemorate her life by organising a rally at India Gate in the late afternoon.

"A war cry for justice in the heart of Delhi, a protest that shakes the pillars of the Government with just one simple demand - let justice be delivered completely and immediately", said Aditya Raj, a youth activist with the group. "Priyadarshini's own family had tried for so long to get justice, but were unsuccessful thanks to the exploitation of the common man by those in power. Her parents are now too old to continue the struggle, so we youth will now bring justice."

At the conclusion of the rally on July 23, the group will submit a petition to the President of India at his residence. A copy of the petition will also be delivered to the Chief Justice of India.

"We have already received support from many NGOs, Students groups and women's groups in the Capital. We hope to have some lawyer organisations also join our struggle to bring justice to Delhi and to all women" said Sapna Kaul, a student.

The group has demanded an immediate retrial in the pending case to right the wrongs of the past, and to restore the Indian public's faith in the State and its institutions.


At 2:40 AM, Blogger ankita shukla said...

All my support is with the cause. This effort is commendable..hope this movement achieves all the success and justice prevails!

At 11:12 AM, Blogger Vikas Kaul said...

thanks ankita.

we appreciate your concern and offer for help. please do whatever best you can to promote the rally.

for justice4priyadarshini


At 11:13 AM, Blogger Vikas Kaul said...

thanks ankita.

we appreciate your concern and offer for help. please do whatever best you can to promote the rally.

for justice4priyadarshini


At 11:49 AM, Blogger citizen kane said...

Dear Friends,

God will surely help you in this endeavour. Justice will and shall happen.I had written a piece way back for jessica - infact the strong emotions then led me to become a blogger. Read it on my blog - http// I got wonderful support. I shall link your blog onto mine and write to all the people who supported me then to extend all they can and do whatever is possible. I am a PR professional and offer any services that could help this cause.I advise a sms campaign to all friends and the media on 22nd to attend the India gate march. I will do the needy ofcourse with your permission. you could also write to me on
warm regards

At 12:17 PM, Blogger xyz said...

dear friends,

have posted a link with your blog on my blog page. but have a question. please specify the time of the rally at india gate. this logistic has to be perfect - not the indian standard time variety. the time should be adhered to perfectly if you want more and more people to come, join and support the worthy cause. please tell and announce the correct time for me to inform my friends to join in. thank you

warm regards,

At 3:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my support for the cause..
hopefully, something can be done.

At 5:18 AM, Blogger Ramya said...

i whole heartedly support your i will be writing a post on this in my blog and requests the readers to do so.i am fed up with this country's law and order.i dont think a common man like us deserve justice as per the law.shame on the govt and courts.

At 6:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kudos! When such is the enthusiasm of the youth, they shall not sit quiet and demand justice, the day is not far when we shall see a JUST-INDIA.

From miles away, my best wishes and support to all involved.

Lagey Raho!!

At 2:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why cant you also do something similar for the thousands of other rape-murder victims...especially those who dont come from well-educated backgrounds...or those who were not raped-murdered in metros like Delhi?
I support what you are doing, but if this is just for one or two persons (Priyadarshini and Jessica) then it is a short sighted strategy.
All the best...

At 1:34 PM, Blogger Vikas Kaul said...

"Why cant you also do something similar for the thousands of other rape-murder victims..."

Dear Anonymous,

A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step.

"Justice For Priyadarshini" took birth for this one particular case. However, that doesn't mean we will stop fighting for other causes. We will, re-organize in some other way to fight other battles. We wish we could do more, but we need to take one battle at a time because of our limited resources. This is precisely why we are a non-organization.


At 1:42 PM, Blogger Vikas Kaul said...

Dear XYZ,

The time/place are mentioned in the blog at the bottom(Appeal).

You can also visit our new website:


At 1:43 PM, Blogger Vikas Kaul said...

Thanks ramya and other anonymous supporters!

for justice4priyadarshini


At 8:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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