New Delhi, Dec. 22 (ANI): Welcoming the passage of the Juvenile Justice Bill (JJB) in the Rajya Sabha, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal on Tuesday said that “the bill is a step forward in the fight for justice”.
“I would like to congratulate all those people who were brutally lathicharged while they were protesting for Nirbhaya because I really think this is one step forward in their fight for justice,” Maliwal told ANI.
“India has failed to provide justice to Nirbhaya. But Nirbhaya’s sacrifice has actually ended up providing justice to many other Nirbhayas. I extremely welcome the fact that the Rajya Sabha today passed this bill, which has been pending for so long,” she added.
Nirbhaya’s parents were continuously protesting the release of the juvenile convict, while urging both the government and the Opposition to pass the bill.
The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014, provides for the trial of those between 16-18 years as adults for heinous offences. Also, anyone between the age of 16-18 who commits a less serious offence may be tried as an adult if he is apprehended after he attains the age of 21. (ANI)