Strengthen women’s laws after juvenile’s release: Nirbhaya’s parents

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nirbhaya1The parents of Jyoti Singh Pandey, who was brutally rape in a moving bus in December, 2012, have approached the NHRC seeking that the juvenile, who is will be released soon, is a threat to the society.

A strict check should be kept on the juvenile so that people are kept away from harm and laws dealing with women’s crimes should be strengthened, said Nirbhaya’s parents.

Stating that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) should recommend a plan for the safety of women and children, especially after the release of harmful juveniles, they said that the rate of recidivism (committing crimes again) in India is high.

Stating that a law similar to the one abroad ensuring women’s safety should be formulated in India, they said all their fears and recommendations have been submitted in detail to Union home minister Rajnath Singh.

After studying their complaint, the NHRC has issued notices to the Delhi and Central governments with a copy of the complaint to the secretary, Delhi government; the commissioner of police, Delhi; and the secretary, ministry of home affairs (MHA) and called for reports in two weeks.

The NHRC asked the chief secretary to inform whether any pre-release and post release plan as per Rule 17(3) of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Rules, 2007 has been prepared or not. If so, it asked that copies also be attached.

The MHA was asked to inform if any action has been taken on the representation of the parents and that the same be informed to the Union home minister. The NHRC wanted a copy of the discharge order issued under Rule 17(10) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Rules, 2007 be provided.

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