New Delhi: DCW chief Swati Maliwal yesterday termed it a 'black day' for women after the SC dismissed her last-minute plea against the release of juvenile convict in the December 16 gangrape case and said the country has been 'cheated' as a proposed law which could have allowed stronger punishment to him remains pending in Rajya Sabha.

“It is a black day for women in history of the country.

I also believe that the Rajya Sabha has cheated the country by keeping the law pending which could have facilitated stronger punishment for juveniles in heinous crimes,” Maliwal told reporters outside the SC.