New Delhi | Parents of the December 2012 gangrape victim today keenly watched deliberations in Rajya Sabha as Women and Child and Development Minister Maneka Gandhi piloted the Juvenile Justice Bill.
The parents of the victim, known as Nirbhaya, watched the proceedings from the visitor’s gallery. Mahila Congress leader Shobha Oza and former chief of Delhi Commission for Women Barkha Singh were seen accompanying them in the gallery.
Nirbhaya’s parents have been protesting the release of the juvenile gangrape convict on Sunday.
After several adjournments, Rajya Sabha resumed at 2 PM to take up the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2015.
Juvenile Justice Bill: Gangrape victim’s parents meet Rahul
New Delhi | Parents of the December 16 gangrape victim today met Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi seeking his party’s support for the passage of the Juvenile Justice Bill in Rajya Sabha.
After the meeting, the victim’s mother Asha Devi said she had been assured by Gandhi that his party would support the bill in Rajya Sabha today.
Earlier, the parents met Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi at his residence. After meeting Naqvi, they said they have been assured by the minister that the bill would be passed in Rajya Sabha today. The mother of the December 16 gangrape victim said there has been enough discussions.
The bill should be passed today. I have been assured that it will be passed today. Our struggle is to get this bill passed, she said, adding that she will like to go to Rajya Sabha, if a pass is arranged, to see it getting passed.
The amendments to Juvenile Justice Act will allow children between 16-18 years to be tried as adults in heinous crime cases. The Bill has been passed by Lok Sabha and is pending before Rajya Sabha where it is listed today.
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