A day after the youngest convict was released, the parents of the December 16 gangrape victim protested again at Jantar Mantar for the third consecutive day. After demands to stall the release of the convict till Sunday evening failed, the victim’s mother has now sought the quick passage of the Juvenile Justice Bill in Parliament.
“I fought till the last minute for my daughter but failed to stop his release. Now I just want to prevent more girls from dying and being sacrificed for the lack of a law. If my daughter’s convict was let off for the lack of this law, despite the violence she suffered, imagine how many other girls must have been denied justice in these three years and are continuing to die every day,” she said at Jantar Mantar.
Nearly 1,000 students and representatives of the trust she started in her daughter’s name raised slogans and demanded that the bill be passed in Rajya Sabha.
The victim’s parents later met Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and demanded the support of the party in the passage of the Bill.
The mother said, “We asked him (Azad) for help to pass the Bill. He has assured us that the Congress will support it. We hope the Bill is passed.”
“The government says the opposition does not support them, the opposition says the government does not table the bill. Everyone is using my daughter’s name for politics, but no politician is doing anything constructive,” said the victim’s father.
He added that they would now create a movement, which they hope would spread across the country. “Meeting leaders and going to courts is fine, but it has not helped us so far. We will not lose hope. Now we will take to the roads and create a nationwide stir to shame leaders into passing this bill,” he said.
Reacting to the Supreme Court’s dismissal of the petition filed by the Delhi Commission of Women Monday, the family said they had no hopes that anything would come of it. “We had also gone to SC months ago and our petition was rejected…,” said the mother.