It’s a black day for women, said chairperson of Delhi Commission of Women Swati Maliwal after the Supreme Court dismissed her petition to block the release of the youngest offender in the December 16 Delhi gang rape.
She further appealed to the Rajya Sabha to pass the Juvenile Justice Amendment Bill at the earliest. The apex court said the offender couldn’t be detained any longer under existing laws despite growing calls for harsher penalties for juvenile criminals.
Feel extremely disappointed. It's dark day in history of the country. Women need to now put aside candles and take up 'Mashals' for change.— SwatiMaliwal JaiHind (@SwatiJaiHind) December 21, 2015
Nirbhayas pain led to peoples protest. Hundreds injured by lathicharge. Shameful that her pain failed to move Parliament even after 3 years.— SwatiMaliwal JaiHind (@SwatiJaiHind) December 21, 2015
I challenge the Parliamentarians of this country. Immediately pass Juvenile Justice Amendment Bill else Indian women will teach you a lesson— SwatiMaliwal JaiHind (@SwatiJaiHind) December 21, 2015
The judges said there were no legal grounds to allow a petition by the Delhi Commission for Women, which had wanted to reverse his release from a youth correctional facility.
“The Supreme Court has dismissed our plea in the absence of any specific legislation. He cannot be detained any further,” said Maliwal.
“We asked for an interim order restraining his release but the court did not entertain this,” she told reporters outside the court.
Sunil Madhok, a lawyer for the petitioners, said that “the court is constrained because there is no clear legislative sanction”.
Paramilitary-style police had been stationed in force at the court before the hearing over fears that it would become the new focus of public anger.