Parliament passed the Juvenile Justice Bill, Nirbhaya’s mother said that he daughter has still not got justice. the juvenile convict would not have walked free.
“We will take our battle for justice across India to awaken governments and law makers,” said a heartbroken Asha Devi, mother of the December 16 gangrape victim, after Supreme Court on Monday rejected a plea against release of the juvenile convict in the case.
Devi said notwithstanding the release of the juvenile convict on Sunday, she and her husband Badri Singh will continue their fight to ensure death penalty for rest of the four rapists who are currently lodged in Tihar jail.
“Despite our repeated argumentation and demands for not setting the juvenile free, he has been released. We are dejected, shattered. But we will not stop and continue our fight to ensure that the other four rapists are hanged. We met with disappointment at every door, we are heart broken, but not crushed,” Devi said.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the law will not be applicable in retrospective, which means it will not be applicable on the rape convict who has already been freed.
The juvenile, who was under 18 years of age when he was held with five other men for the brutal rape and murder, was tried under the Juvenile Justice Act.
He was put in a remand home for three years, the maximum permissible under the legal provisions.
He was released from the correctional home on Sunday after completing his sentence, amid protests by the parents of the victim and others in the national capital.