Delhi gangrape juvenile convict to walk free; victim’s parents protest
Television reports said the protest at India Gate will begin around 1pm. This comes a day after they were detained by the police for protesting outside the juvenile reform home where the convict served his sentence.india Updated: Dec 20, 2015 11:54 IST
The parents of the December 16 Delhi gangrape victim will hold a protest again on Sunday, hours before the juvenile convict in the case is released.
Television reports said the protest at India Gate will begin around 1 pm. This comes a day after they were detained by the police for protesting outside the juvenile reform home where the convict served his sentence.
The juvenile convict who spent nearly three years in the reform home has been shifted to an “undisclosed location” before he is to be handed over to his parents later in the evening.
2012 gang rape victim Nirbhaya's parents to protest against the release of juvenile convict at India Gate, later today.— ANI (@ANI_news) December 20, 2015
Last week, the Delhi high court refused to stay the release of the juvenile, allegedly the “cruellest” among those who raped and killed the 23-year old paramedic in December 2012.
Following the court ruling , the parents protested outside the reform home at Majnu Ka Tilla, and were removed by the police on Saturday evening.
Delhi Police denied the parents were detained, even as chief minister Arvind Kejriwal asked chief secretary KK Sharma to talk to police commissioner BS Bassi.
“I am shocked to learn that Nirbhaya’s parents have been detained. They should immediately be released,” Kejriwal tweeted.
Police action against Nirbhaya's parents is unacceptable. I have asked Chief Secy to talk to Police commissioner and get them released— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 19, 2015
The father of the victim has also accused the Delhi government of trying to shield the convict, who has now turned 21.
On Saturday, members of Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) staged protests at Jantar Mantar demanding that the convict should not be released. The students also joined the victim’s parents in demonstrations outside the reform home , demanding the government should act immediately to prevent his release.