Delhi gang rape case: Nirbhaya's juvenile rapist walks free, despite protests

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New Delhi, Dec 20: The juvenile rapist in December 16 gangrape victim was released today, despite constant protest from Nirbhaya's distraught parents and people gathered in large numbers at India Gate.

"Juvenile convict in the December 16 gang rape case no longer under police protection. Now with an NGO," police sources were quoted as saying.

Nirbhaya's juvenile rapist released

Earlier in the day, Nirbhaya's parents made a last ditch appeal to stop the release of the juvenile convict by holding a protest march at India Gate, even as DCW has urged authorities to delay the process since the matter is coming up before Supreme Court on Monday.

"We are helpless as far as the release is concerned. Our government, whether Centre or state, they only listen to you when you protest and get lathicharged, else they don't care," said the victim's father Badri Singh Pandey.

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Asha Devi, the victim's mother said, "If he (the juvenile convict) comes out then what is the point of a court hearing or anything... All knew that he will be released, so adequate steps should have been taken in the past three years. I want justice. He should not be released."

The parents continued their protest in the national capital demanding that the juvenile be not set free.

Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal has urged the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) against going ahead on the release of the juvenile convict who was taken to an undisclosed location yesterday, a day before he was to be released.

Maliwal had approached Supreme Court seeking a stay on the release of the juvenile convict, who is now 20-years-old, and said to have been the most brutal of the five rapists.

According to sources, the release order of the juvenile convict was prepared at least a day before he was moved out of the correctional home.

Sources said the juvenile's identity shall not be disclosed as per legal provisions.

OneIndia News

(With inputs from PTI)

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