The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to stay the release of the juvenile convicted in the 16 December, 2012 gang rape paving the way for him to walk free on Sunday as scheduled.
The court said that since the convict had already undergone the maximum punishment of three years under the JJ Act, he ‘cannot be kept at the juvenile home beyond 20 December.’
The Delhi government is also mandated to create a process so as to assess the reformation of juveniles before they are released.
Nirbhaya’s mother broke down in court after hearing the verdict.
“The justice that was promised to us has not been delivered to us. A convict is going to walk free,” she said.
Three years ago, Nirbhaya, whose identity was revealed by her mother as Jyoti Singh, was brutally gangraped on a Delhi road. The juvenile rapist, according to the reports, was the most brutal among the offenders.
The reactions to the High Court’s order has been of anger.
Here are what people are saying on HC verdict;
Delhi Commission for Women Chief Swati Maliwal:
“Extremely sad that Nirbhaya’s convict will walk free on 20th. Dark day in history of the county. Will be appealing to Chief Justice of High Court and Supreme Court and President to intervene. Nirbhaya rapist should not be released.”
“The justice that was promised to us has not been delivered to us. A convict is going to walk free.”
We will be updating this page with more reactions