The parents of the December 16 gangrape victim and nearly 40 students from Delhi University (DU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) were “detained” by Delhi Police Saturday evening as they protested against the release of the youngest convict from the correctional home.
The victim’s father said they had gathered for a peaceful demonstration against the release of the convict but police detained them. “Is there no justice in this country?” he said.
However, police said the parents were “not detained” but just removed from the road “for their safety”. “We detained around 40 youth who had blocked a stretch of the Outer Ring Road, but the parents were not detained. They were removed from the road for their safety, put in a van and brought to the operation cell in Maurice Nagar. We later arranged for them to be taken back home,” said DCP (North) Madhur Verma.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the action against the family was “unacceptable”. “I am shocked to learn that Nirbhaya’s parents have been detained. They shud immediately be released,” Kejriwal tweeted Saturday evening.
It was immediately followed by another tweet, “Police action against Nirbhaya’s parents is unacceptable. I have asked Chief Secy to talk to Police commissioner and get them released.”
Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal tweeted, “This is too much. Why has police detained Nirbhaya’ parents? They have all right to peacefully protest. They should be immediately released.” She had also written to the President, the chief justice of India and the Juvenile Justice Board to stay the release of the convict.
Maliwal also met Vice President Hamid Ansari Saturday evening to seek his intervention in stopping the release of the convict. After the meeting, Maliwal tweeted, “Met Shri Hamid Ansari ji. He has assured that Juvenile Justice Act will be presented in Rajya Sabha in the next 3 days.”
She added, “For Nirbhayas convict, he said nothng can be done under Act. I appeal to CJI n Del High Court to intervene. Nirbhaya rapist shouldn’t cm out.” Members of Delhi University Students’ Union and Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union had earlier staged a protest at Jantar Mantar, demanding that the convict not be released.