Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal on Sunday requested the Juvenile Justice Board not to release the underage convict in the December 16 gang rape case as the matter is to be heard in the Supreme Court the next day.
Maliwal wrote to Murari Prasad Singh, the principal magistrate at JJB-II, saying, “DCW has moved a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in Supreme Court last night challenging the imminent release of the juvenile boy in the gangrape case. The matter has been listed in Supreme Court for tomorrow and is thus sub-judice.”
Just wrote to Juvenile Justice Board that SC is hearing matter tomorrow, case is subjudice, requesting that juvenile should not be released— SwatiMaliwal JaiHind (@SwatiJaiHind) December 20, 2015
This comes a day after she approached the apex court seeking a stay on the release of the juvenile convict -- now 20-years-old -- who is said to have been the most brutal of the five rapists.
The parents of the victim, however, said the DCW’s last-minute efforts were a “pretence” and “just for show”.
Maliwal replied that consultations with the legal team resulted in the delay in filing of the Special Leave Petition (SLP).
“Our efforts were genuine and we took all possible steps to stop the juvenile’s release. I am sad to know that our efforts are being seen as pretense,” she said.
The juvenile convict, who was set to be released in the evening, has been moved out of the reform home where he served his sentence and sent to an undisclosed location.
The criminal record of the juvenile has been expunged as per legal provisions and his identity shall not be disclosed, sources said.
Hours before he was to be released, the parents of the victim held a protest at the India Gate.
We were going to Jantar Mantar but were stopped by police: Nirbhaya's father pic.twitter.com/K2Kmd0DZKn— ANI (@ANI_news) December 20, 2015
“I am still hopeful that something will happen from the side of the government and that he will not be released. We have to fight against this injustice,” the mother told CNN-IBN.