Four of the six men convicted for the crime lived in the slum colony.
The residents of Ravidas Camp lament that the world looks at them with suspicion and disgust. They say the constant media focus on the place has done them no good.
"We want to erase that blot. Whenever we feel that we have moved on, something or the other reminds us of that incident. The media makes frequent rounds to this place, be it for the December 16 incident or other reasons," says a resident who did not wish to be named.
As this reporter visited the camp, many residents were initially unwilling to talk about the fateful incident.
Bihari Lal, president of Ravidas Camp Resident Welfare Association, said, "Some people committed a crime that day. But what is our fault? Why are we paying the price for what they did?"
He said life has been tough for the camp residents after the incident.
"People look at us from head to toe when they come to know that we live in Ravidas Camp. It was difficult for our people to get jobs after the incident," says Pyaare Lal, who had been staying in the camp since 1990.
"Media coverage about the camp has only added to our woes," he complained.
The residents also claimed that compared to other slum areas in the vicinity, theirs was much cleaner and also one without any liquor vend.
"Ravidas Camp is cleaner than most of the adjacent slums. There are no 'thekas' (liquor vends) here and respectable families stay here. Our children have government jobs and want to lead a respectable life," says another resident.
Lal said they had also thought of changing the name of the camp.
"We will have a meeting with other RWA members about it. But we do realise that it is a long process. All our identity cards have this address. It is not an easy step," he added.
(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.
As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.
Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.