Nirbhaya Chetna Divas: Parents for passage of Juvenile Justice bill

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Even as a few days remain for the winter session of Parliament to end, the December 16 gangrape victim’s mother appealed to all politicians to step up efforts and sink their differences to pass the Juvenile Justice bill, awaiting to be passed in the Rajya Sabha.

Nirbhaya’s parents in collaboration with women’s and citizens groups are marking the day as ‘Nirbhaya Chetna Divas at Jantar Mantar held on 16 December.

“It is an unfortunate day that on the third anniversary of my daughter’s rape, we are seeing the release of the juvenile convict, who was the most brutal of the lot,” said Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Pandey. “My daughter was Jyoti Singh Pandey and I am not ashamed to name her,” she said.

“We have not received justice at all. I am not speaking only about my daughter’s case, but about all rape victims in the country. If the government had come out with the law before Nirbhaya case, not only my daughter, but others too could have been saved,” she added.

It may be mentioned that the bill which has been pending in the Upper House, which allows a juvenile between 16 years to 18 years be treated as adults for offences such as rape, acid attacks and murder.

Celebrities such as Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, journalist Barkha Dutt, women’s groups and Nirbhaya’s parents gathered at the Jantar Mantar and conveyed their grief and helpessness at the present situation. They said, “The bill must be passed now by sinking the differences between the political parties. It is high time. The government is alert the way it was when the incident took place three years ago.”

Meanwhile, candle light vigils were held in Delhi where the protestors, comprising youngsters, raised slogans against the government. Nirbhaya’s parents appeal also echoed in Parliament where BJP MP Hema Malini said, “The juvenile, who has a devilish mind, will not be corrected in rehabilitation. He should be given the same punishment as the other convicts.”