NEW DELHI: Disappointed with Supreme Court’s decision to reject the petition filed by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) against the release of the juvenile offender in the December 16 gang-rape case, Nirbhaya’s parents on Monday said that the women of this country will never get justice.
“I knew that the petition would be dismissed as the Supreme Court had dismissed my petition in 2014 also. By releasing the juvenile convict, all the courts have given encouragement to this heinous crime and have given certificate to all the juveniles that there is no provision in the law which can punish them and therefore they can commit any crime such as rape etc,” Nirbhaya’s mother told ANI.
“The courts are actually concerned about the convicts and not the victims. The women of this country have always been betrayed and this has happened once again also. Nobody is concerned about women safety and there would never be any change in the Indian laws and women will never get justice,” she added.
She also insisted that she would not be demoralized by this decision but would continue her fight to make change in the Juvenile Justice Amendment Bill.
Rejecting the DCW’s petition, the apex court earlier said that under existing law detention cannot go beyond three years.
The parents of the victim protested in the national capital yesterday. Hundreds of sympathisers joined them at Rajpath near India Gate to show solidarity. The victim's mother had said that she wanted justice for her daughter and said steps should have been taken long before to not set him free.
Six persons, including the juvenile, had assaulted and raped Nirbhaya in a moving bus in south Delhi on December 16, 2012.
The victim succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital. Four of the accused were awarded death penalty by the trial court which was later confirmed by the Delhi High Court. Their appeals are pending before the Supreme Court. Another accused, Ram Singh, had allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail in 2013.