Law protects minor offenders, not punish them, say Nirbhaya’s parents

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Mar 19, 2016 00:06 IST
Jalandhar, India March 18: Badrinath Singh and Asha Devi parents of Nirbhaya founder of Nirbhaya Jyoti Trust interacting with media at Lovely Professional University near Jalandhar, India on Friday, March 18, 2016. Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo

The Juvenile Justice Act is there to protect the minors involved in heinous crimes and not to punish them, said infamous Delhi gang rape victim Nirbhaya’s parents at Lovely Professional University here on Friday.

More than three years have passed since the horrendous incident shocked the nation, leading to an uprising to check crime against women as people from all spheres of life hit the street.

Parents of 23-year-old Nirbhaya, Badrinath Singh and Asha Singh, said justice had not been given till now. They said they felt so helpless and shattered when one of the culprits, a minor, was allowed to walk free.

While interacting with the media, they said perpetrators of such heinous crimes should be hanged irrespective of their age. “Those who can do such acts can’t be considered minors and deserve no mercy,” they said.

“He had done an evil act and still he was freed because he was a juvenile. I want to say that we should not go by the age, but consider what he is capable of doing,” said Asha Devi.

“We do not even know his whereabouts. Will the court ensure that he will not do something like this again? Not only this, the case against other four is still pending,” said Asha.

“Nothing has changed to make women feel secure. Weak laws only encourage people to indulge in crime,” said Badrinath.

“The situation has only deteriorated over the years and the crime against women has increased. It’s pity that we don’t have laws strong enough to protect women,” he added.

Nirbhaya’s parents run Nirbhaya Jyoti Trust, through which they help and encourage victims fighting for their rights. “This is what we are doing through Nirbhaya Jyoti Trust. Currently, about 1,500 advocates are associated with the trust. We go and tell people that if they are suffering in any manner, we will back them in fight for their cause,” said Singh.

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