Asha Devi, the mother of the 2012 Delhi gang-rape victim, on Saturday slammed senior lawyer Indira Jaising for her suggestion that she should forgive her daughter's rapists.
"Who is Indira Jaising to give me such a suggestion? The whole country wants the convicts to be executed. Just because of people like her, justice is not done with rape victims," Asha Devi said.
"Cannot believe how Indira Jaising even dared to suggest this. I met her many times over the years in the Supreme Court. Not even once has she asked for my wellbeing and today she is speaking for the convicts. Such people earn their livelihood by supporting rapists, hence rape incidents do not stop," she added.
Asha Devi further accused Jaising of using "the garb of human rights" to make a living.
'People like her keep earning money under the garb of human rights. I do not need her suggestions... Just because of people who think like her incidents like rape keep happening. She is a disgrace to women," she said.
In a tweet on Friday, Jaising said while she fully identifies with the pain of Nirbhaya's mother, she urges her "to follow the example of Sonia Gandhi who forgave Nalini and said she didn't not (did not) want the death penalty for her".
"We are with you but against death penalty," she said.
Nalini Sriharan was sentenced to death in former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination case.
Her death penalty was commuted to life term after the intervention of his wife Sonia Gandhi, who urged for clemency on account of the fact that Nalini had a young daughter who was born in jail.
Nirbhaya's father said that Jaising should be "ashamed" of herself for suggesting pardon for the four death row convicts and said his family isn't as "large-hearted" as Congress leader Sonia Gandhi.
He also demanded an apology from Jaising, who is known for her stand against capital punishment.
Nirbhaya's father said this is a "wrong message".
"She (Indira Jaising) is a woman herself. She should be ashamed of making such comments and apologise to Nirbhaya's mother," he said.
"We have been fighting the case for seven years. We are common people and not politicians. Humara dil Sonia Gandhi ji jitna bada nahi hai (We are not as large-hearted as Sonia Gandhi)," he said.
"Such mentality is responsible for the rising number of rapes," he added.
On Friday, a Delhi court issued fresh death warrants for February 1 against the four convicts -- Vinay Sharma (26), Mukesh Kumar (32), Akshay Kumar Singh (31) and Pawan (25) -- in the Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case.
Earlier in the day, President Ram Nath Kovind had rejected the mercy petition of Mukesh.
Nirbhaya's father said he is hopeful of justice finally being delivered.
A 23-year-old paramedic student, who came to be known as Nirbhaya (fearless), was gangraped and brutally assaulted on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012, in a moving bus in south Delhi by six persons, including the four death row convicts, before being thrown out on the road.
She succumbed to her injuries a fortnight later at a hospital in Singapore.
With inputs from PTI