Convict in Delhi Gang-Rape To Be Freed Tomorrow, ‘How Many More Nirbaya’s Before We Change the System’: Delhi Women Panel Chief

NEW DELHI: The youngest of the six men convicted for the gang rape and murder of a young medical student and tortured on a moving bus in Delhi paramedical student Jyoti Singh, dubbed Nirbhaya, is set to be released from a correctional home this afternoon.  Jyoti Singh’s mother Asha have planned to hold a protest at Delhi’s India Gate, an incident that shook India to the core.

Delhi Commission for Women’s panel Chief Swati Maliwal hoped that the juvenile convict in the December 16 gang-rape case will not be released today as scheduled as her plea against his release will be heard by the Supreme Court tomorrow. She also said ‘How Many More Nirbhayas Before We Change the System’.


Yesterday night the Delhi Commission for Women had approached the Supreme Court to stay the release of the juvenile convict, who is one of the six men convicted for the gang rape now 20-years-old and was known to be the most brutal of the attackers.

Some of the Latest Developments:

1. Delhi Women’s Commission give a Petition against juvenile release the Supreme Court will hear tomorrow, Jyoti’s mother Asha Singh has said the move is “just for show”.

2. The women’s commission has challenged the release, and written to the Juvenile Justice Board, calling the matter sub judice.

3. Asha Devi, the mother of Jyoti Singh, who was brutally gang-raped on December 16, 2012″Both the Centre and the Delhi government have failed us,” Asha Devi has told “What’s the point of filing the plea so late that the hearing takes place after his release?

4. The women’s panel had enough time to act… (but) acted too late and only after we protested. It was just to show they are with us,” Asha mother of Nirbaya said.

5. The Centre said it had opposed the release. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said, “In principle, the central government opposed the release of the juvenile offender at this stage for which we have presented our position before the honourable Delhi High Court.”

6. Swati Maliwal, the chief of the women’s panel, has said,” we  consult with legal team caused the delay in filing the plea. She also said the panel hopes the Delhi government and the Delhi Police will not release tomorrow the convict of this case since the matter is sub judice.

7. Sources said, The convict in this case, now 21 years old, was shifted from the reform home in Delhi to an unknown  location yesterday due to security reasons, After release, he is likely to be monitored by the Juvenile Justice Board, which will decide on his rehabilitation, “social mainstreaming”, and even whether he should be returned to his family.

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