Thursday, December 17, 2015

It's Jyothi Singh!

It's been three years when 23 year old physiotherapy intern, Jyothi Singh, was brutally gang raped in a moving bus, grievously injured by the assailants and thrown out after the dastardly act. She'd succumbed to her injuries a fortnight later.

While the culprits have been sentenced to death, one among them is set to walk free at this juncture as he was a juvenile at the time of the incident and therefore, awarded three years in a remand home minus the months he has already spent in jail.

......Something not very good to hear. He was supposed to have been the most brutal among the rapist killers. But the existing provisions of the law doesn't prescribe anything else. And here's where there's a story to tell. There was outrage all over the country, politicians of all hues had shed crocodile tears and vowed to bring about a suitable legislation but to no avail!

The Juvenile Justice Bill, 2014 which permits juveniles older than 16 yrs to be tried as adults if they commit heinous crimes still hangs in a limbo thanks to the continued deadlock in Parliament. To quote legal luminaries on the proposed Act, though it would fix a major lacuna in the current law that assumes that minors do not fully comprehend the consequences of their actions, it doesn't address the specific point that such a logic can cover only minor misdemeanours and not gang rape or murder! 

But when-o-when is our Parliament going to pass this bill?

The angst of Jyothi's parents is discernible when they see one of the rapist killers of their child walking free.


Jyothi, we, your countrymen have collectively let you down and seem to continue doing so. Meanwhile, women continue to get raped and abused in various parts of the country..... RIP!

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