For Suja Jones Mazurier (42), the verdict of a Bengaluru court acquitting her husband, who was charged for raping their daughter, has come as a major setback in her five-year-long legal and personal battle.
On Wednesday, a Sessions Court acquitted Pascal Mazurier (44), a former French diplomat, of all charges stating there was not enough evidence against him.
"Justice has not been served," a disappointed Suja told The News Minute.
"I am very unhappy. My daughter will be very sad. This is very traumatic," she said.
It was in 2012 that Suja, a native of Kerala, filed a complaint against Pascal alleging he had been sexually abusing their then three-year-old daughter.
The mother of three had also submitted a medical report from the Collaborative Child Response Unit (CCRU) of the Baptist Hospital to the police confirming the child had been raped on June 13.
A visibly relaxed Pascal, accompanied by his posse of lawyers, said after the hearing, "I am happy. It is the end of a long battle. Almost five years. I think about my children mainly, my parents, my grandmother who died during the course of the procedure and all the people who supported me, my friends. And I just need some time, to process all of this."
Asked if he would move for custody, he said he wanted "to protect my children at any cost. I met my boys a couple of days ago. My daughter I have not met for almost two years."
While Suja is definitely upset over the court's verdict, she knows she cannot let it stop her from fighting for the protection of her children.
Stating that she plans to challenge the Session Court's verdict in the High Court, Suja says, "I will try my best. But it is difficult when you are a woman and you don't have any money."