Victims’ parents dissatisfied over quantum of punishment

The parents of the victims have expressed their dissatisfaction over the verdict stating that the two-year sentence was quite less as 11 lives were lost on the fateful day. The parents said stricter punishment to the accused driver would have acted as a deterrent to those who drive rashly. An exemplary punishment could have gone a long way in curbing rash driving.

Jaswinder Singh, father of one of the victims, Khusdeep Kaur (19) from Rampura, said, “I am not satisfied with the court’s verdict as the driver has been given imprisonment for only two years, which is a very short time for the irreparable damage he has caused to many families. Our children would not return now but at least stricter punishment to the convict could have set a precedent for rash and negligent drivers.”

Jaswinder Singh added, “My daughter was a bright student and was pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Government Rajindra College. She wanted to be a doctor, but the incident has left us poorer.”

Varinder Bansal, father of another victim girl, Shikha Bansal, said her daughter wanted to be an IAS officer. He said as it was not a small incident, stricter punishment should have been given to the convict. 

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