How many Nirbhayas needed for laws to change? Victim's parents

New Delhi: With the Supreme Court (SC) rejecting the plea against release of the juvenile convict, the parents of the December 16 gangrape victim yesterday said the courts have failed them and asked how many Nirbhayas would it take for the laws to change. Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi, however, said her fight against the system would continue.

Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi addresses media persons at a rally held to protest the release of the youngest convict, following SC’s rejection of an appeal against his release. pic/ptiNirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi addresses media persons at a rally held to protest the release of the youngest convict, following SC’s rejection of an appeal against his release. Pic/PTI

"We were not very hopeful that the Supreme Court will give a favourable verdict but I want to ask how many Nirbhayas are needed for the laws to change in the country," victim’s father Badri Singh Pandey told reporters. "The court is not bothered about the concerns of the public....This fight is not just about Nirbhaya but for every girl who is unsafe in a country which has such laws."

The SC yesterday dismissed a plea of DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal against the release of the juvenile offender, saying ‘there has to be a clear legislative sanction."

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