Nirbhaya Case – Should the Juvenile Convict be freed?

    An incident that shook the conscience of India. It was a blot on humanity, it was a test of the Justice system & our morality. It was reflective of the barbarity that ‘humans turned animals’ are capable of.

    And now three years later, we are again at crossroads, the courts have to decide whether Nirbhaya’s most brutal rapist stays behind bar or walks away with no remorse. The government wants to keep him in jail. Nirbhaya’s parents along with all Indians are appalled and horrified as this man is set for release.

    Despite the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill – 2015, a proposed Act of the Parliament of India, being passed on 7 May 2015 by the Lok Sabha amid intense protest by several Members of Parliament. It is still pending consideration in the Rajya Sabha which has not been able to function due to the ongoing politics & stage show put on by Congress & its allies.

    Only time will show if our politicians can rise above their nepotism and work for India.

    The proposed act would have been helpful in addressing the Nirbhaya case by trying the juveniles between in the age group of 16–18, involved in heinous offences, be tried as adults. (If the Government can pass a retrospective tax act while dealing with Vodafone, I am sure they could have managed this too.)

    Union minister Maneka Gandhi has called for passing the Juvenile Justice Bill pending in Rajya Sabha. The clock is fast ticking and India is watching with bated breath.

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    The juvenile convict in the Nirbhaya rape and murder case may walk free on December 20, despite the Centre having moved the Delhi HC against his release, due to delay by Rajya Sabha in approving the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill.

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