The family of the December 16 gang rape victim is shocked to know that one of the convicts will walk out free soon and be sent under the care of an NGO.
Now that the convict is an adult, he must be sent to jail, they demanded.
The father of the 23-year-old victim told HT that justice had eluded them since the government had failed to stop rapes.
“Why should he be kept with an NGO. The government should take legal opinion and send him to jail. The government lacks the will otherwise there are enough provisions in the law to keep him in jail. Those who were part of the massive protests after the gang rape must be feeling cheated today. I think the government has forgotten those protests and it’s a slap on the face of all of us,” said the woman’s father.
He said that he would wait till the convict’s scheduled date of release and then decide the future course of action. The parents of the victim have also moved the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), seeking a detailed plan on how the authorities can monitor the ‘juvenile’ convict, who they said was still a “threat to society”.
Four adults were tried separately and sentenced for the gang rape and murder of the paramedical student on a moving bus in the national Capital on December 16 three years ago. One of them was found dead inside his prison cell in Tihar.
In their petition, the parents pointed out that the young man was “largely responsible” for the death of their daughter and was the “most brutal” among the offenders.
They said serving three years at a reformatory was not enough for the convict to reform and asked the NHRC to recommend that the government prepare a plan to “keep a strict check... so that people are not subjected to any risk of being harmed”.
The parents cited examples of other countries and made a case for new laws to track juvenile delinquents.
Taking cognizance of the victim’s parents’ plea, the NHRC has asked the chief secretary of the state government to inform the panel if the convict has received any psychological or psychiatric assessment to gauge his mental health.