Hyderabad: Residents of Nakshatra Society, where Disha stayed, were a jubilant lot on Friday. During the past week, they had protested and held candlelight marches every day to express solidarity with the aggrieved family. They hailed the ‘encounter’ as a great move.
As soon as news of the encounter broke in, the residents got together and burst crackers on the society’s main road and distributed sweets among themselves.
Ms Seema Singh, a resident of the society, said, “We fought every politician and policeman who came here. We confronted each of them. Today’s action is an outcome of our relentless fight for justice.”
Fellow resident Aarthi Pathak said, “We feel that whatever justice was needed to be delivered has arrived.”
Housewife Seetha Sowjanya said the encounter was essential. “I hope every perpetrator gets the same treatment,” she said.
On whether a police encounter was acceptable, Ms Sowjanya said, “At one level, it is not appropriate. But one has to think of the pain felt by the girl’s family, and all of us as neighours, who have known Disha, all these years. My personal view is that every rapist should be dealt a similar punishment.”
A ,male resident said, “Sajjanar has become a hero in our eyes. We are in awe of the way he handled the case.”...