With five days left for the release of convicted juvenile in the 2012 Nirbhaya rape case, the debate over his release is once again getting heated up.
Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal in an effort to rehabilitate the juvenile decided that his government would go ahead and give him Rs 10,000 along with a sewing machine to enable him to open a tailoring shop.
This move has come at a time when a lot of people are not in favour of the juvenile’s release. But the Delhi government seems to be working in tandem with the Juvenile Justice Act.
The very purpose of the Juvenile Justice Act is to reform a person and not to punish a convict for the crime that one has committed. The convict in the Nirbhaya case was subjected to the present Juvenile Justice Act which subjects the juvenile to reformation instead of punishment.
However, the Intelligence Bureau report with regard to this case says that the juvenile has been completely radicalised. Also, BJP leader Subhramanian Swamy's petition is being heard in the Delhi High Court.
Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi reacted over his release and said, “He is a danger for the society; hope he will not be released".
Some neighbours in Nirbhaya’s village were also against the juvenile’s release and said his release might encourage him to commit such acts again. Villagers also said that the quantum of the punishment should have been more.
Ahead of the juvenile's release, his mother said, "I am happy that my son is coming back. I am not facing any problem from villagers here. Villagers have helped us build our house... his sisters are burdened to run the house and I have to get them married... My son did commit a sin but he should be forgiven".
Former NCW Chairperson Barkha Shukla Singh spoke on the juvenile’s release and said, "This is absolutely wrong. It was the same AAP party which protested against the then government in Delhi and came into power. We will protest against this move of the Delhi government. We will also approach the President and will request in SC and HC regarding this case".
BJP leader Deepika Sharma also reacted over the AAP govt’s move, “This is a matter of great shame that Kejriwal govt has decided to reward the juvenile for brutalising that girl who fought so bravely and became the symbol for women against atrocities on them. It is a slap on the women of the nation and on Nirbhaya's parents.”