Supreme Court rejects plea to stop juvenile’s release

Supreme Court rejects plea to stop juvenile’s release

New Delhi, India | Red Newswire | Dec 22, 2015 Last Updated at 05:15 PM IST.

Supreme Court has rejected the plea by Delhi Commission for Women to stop the release of juvenile convict in Delhi gang rape case.”we cannot interpret the lwa  [the Juvenile Justice Act] to curtail his freedom without legislative sanction. We share your concern, but we cannot go beyond the statute,”observed Justice U.U Lalit, one of the judges on the Bench led by Justice A.K.Goel.

DCW chair person Swati Maliwal had approached the Supreme Court on Saturday to prevent the release of the convict.

The juvenile convict was freed from observation home on Sunday. He had shifted to an undisclosed location, under the protection of NGO and he will temperorily stay there due to security issues. He was arrested when he was 17 years old and now released at his 20, after three-year sentence.

There are strong protests in Delhi in Delhi against the convict’s release. The protests were guided by students of Delhi & JNU Universities and some students organisations.

By: Aswathy Ashok