New Delhi: Questioning the role of the Centre and Delhi government, the parents of the December 16 gang rape victim yesterday asked why the authorities had not taken action earlier to stop the release of the juvenile convict.
Nirbhaya’s father addresses the protest rally at India Gate on Sunday. Pic/PTI
Expressing unhappiness with the government for showing ‘helplessness’ on the issue of the juvenile’s release, the victim’s father said, “Our government, whether Centre or state, only listens to you when you protest and get lathi-charged, else they don’t care. However, if a proper hearing or verdict had been had on this case, then we would not have seen this day.”
SC to hear petition against juvenile rapist today
Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal filed a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court late on Saturday, against the release of the juvenile convict, who is now 20 years old — in the Delhi gang rape case. The apex court has decided to hear the petition today. Maliwal, along with a legal team, had approached the court late in the night to file the petition.
“After going though the matter, the Chief Justice of India has sent the case to the judges of a vacation bench, comprising Justice Adarsh Goel and Justice Uday Lalit. The court has accepted the case and listed it as item number 3, which is to be heard on Monday. Since the case has been registered, the matter is sub-judice now and hence the Nirbhaya rapist should not have been released on Sunday. I hope the juvenile convict in Nirbhaya gang rape case is kept in a juvenile home until the case is heard,” Maliwal told reporters.