Dec 16 Gangrape Case: Police, Agitators In Face-Off At Protest Site

20 December, New Delhi

Parents and supporters of the 23-year-old medical trainee, who was brutally raped and murdered on December 16, 2012, in a moving bus in the national capital, staged a protest today against the release of the juvenile convict in the case.

The juvenile in the gangrape case was released today, but the time has not been disclosed. His release was being kept secret from security point of view.

Reports said that he has been sent to an NGO from a remand home.Police and protestors were in a face off at India Gate as the juvenile convicted for the gangrape and murder of the medico trainee, was released today. Her parents were among the demonstrators, who accused the government of being indifferent in their case.

Police had declared Section 144 at India Gate- the venue of the protest three years ago and moved the protesters to Jantar Mantar, the usual protest venue in the capital. But, the parents and the agitators have moved back to India Gate.The Supreme Court said it will hear a plea against the convict’s release by the National Commission for Women tomorrow.

The commission has written to the Juvenile Justice Board, challenging his release and calling the matter sub-judice.Mother of the victim, Asha Singh said, ”the women’s panel’s move was ‘just for show’. What’s the point of filing the plea so late that the hearing takes place after his release? They (the women’s panel) had enough time to act… (but) acted too late and only after we protested.”Swati Maliwal, chief of Delhi Commission of Women, said consultations with the legal team delayed the matter.

In its plea, the panel has claimed that during his stay in the provision home, the convict was unremorseful about his action and has been further radicalised.

The maximum punishment given to a juvenile is three years’ confinement at reformation centres and the Delhi High Court had declined to stay the young man’s release, saying law doesn’t permit his further detention.But, the nature of the crime he has committed, has compelled to take another view on juveniles and a bill to this effect is still pending in the Rajya Sabha.

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