On the third anniversary of the gruesome murder of Jyoti Singh, whom the world calls Nirbhaya, an air of apprehension and despair regarding women’s safety still looms across the country. This has been worsened by the decision to leave the Juvenile accused scot free by this weekend. Apparently he is expected to be offered cash and job as a part of rehabilitation and getting back into mainstream life.
However, Union Minister or Women and Child Welfare, Maneka Gandhi says she is deeply disturbed about the way things have ended up in the case. Even though the decision to free the juvenile is in full compliance with the law, she says one of the main reasons for this is the pending of Juvenile Justice (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha. The Lok Sabha had passed the amendments bill on 7th May 2015.
According to Ms. Gandhi, the delay in passage is nothing short of a crime as it will give more leniencies in punishing juveniles for heinous crimes they attempt to commit. The amendment bill, if passed permits juveniles between the ages of 16-18 years to be tried as adults for heinous offences like murder and rape.
“There is a group in Rajya Sabha which says children (below 18) should be children but at the same time the same people say that sexual violence and crime against women must stop,”she said. Since the law is weak, the rapist can be released, the minister added.