Parents of Nirbhaya, who died after being brutally gang raped three years ago, have requested that National Human Right Commission to reveal the face of the juvenile, one of the six rapists, as he is going to be released on December 15.
They have argued that he is a threat to the society at large, especially as no one knows how he looks. They implied that the juvenile may take advantage of this anonymous face and might commit the crime again.
Nirbhaya, 23, who was with a male friend, was gang raped in a bus on 15 December. As three years are going to be completed, the juvenile will be out from jail on 15 December.
Nirbhaya’s parents said that the juvenile was largely responsible for the rape and death of their daughter.
“If nothing else, show us his face,” Nirbhaya’s father Badri Singh Pandey pleaded to the authorities.
Her parents have already approached NHRC against his release as threat to society.
“He is an evident threat to society, to women and my family as well. Nobody knows how he looks. He has shown no sign of improvement. He was on the way to becoming a jihadi. How do we know we are safe?” said Pandey.
He also added that the juvenile would be out of jail soon and he could attack any girl on the street, like he had attacked Nirbhaya.
Pandey also suggested laws like SORNA (Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act) in countries like US and Canada should be framed in India too.
SORNA, which operates in all 50 states of USA, and some other countries, involves public notification on sexual offenders through a website.
It provides important information about convicted offenders to federal authorities and the public, such as the his name, current location and occupation.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and United States Attorney’s Offices around the country investigate and prosecute sex offenders who fail to register and/or upload their details pursuant to SORNA.
India’s women and child rights lawyers, however, do not seem in favour of such a move to be replicated in the country.
Supreme Court advocate Kamini Jaiswal said, “This is absurd. In a country with a population 100 million, how will you track one person? Is it possible? When there are more pressing problems like poverty and disparity, you are asking for tracking a person.”
Former chief of Jagori, a women’s rights NGO, Kalpana Viswanath, said, “I respect the parents of Nirbhaya. They have conducted themselves with immense grace in the past few years. However, we should stop getting emotional over this case. SORNA for India can be considered but it’s a long term decision.”