22/12/2015 10:33 AM IST | Updated 29/08/2016 7:49 PM IST

Dec 16 Gang Rape: Juvenile Justice Bill Will Be Passed, BJP Assures Nirbhaya's Parents

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - DECEMBER 21: The mother of Indian gang-rape victim 'Nirbhaya' (C) talks to the media as she attends a rally held to protest the release of a juvenile rapist in New Delhi on December 21, 2015. India's Supreme Court rejected an appeal against the release of the youngest convict in an infamous fatal gang-rape, sparking fury from the victim's parents who said the ruling was a betrayal. (Photo by Vinod Singh/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday assured disappointed Nirbhaya's parents that the Juvenile Justice Bill would be today passed in the Parliament.

"We have been assured that Juvenile Justice Bill will be passed in Rajya Sabha today. He (juvenile) would not have been released if this bill had passed six months ago. Be it delayed, but we want this bill to be passed in Parliament," Nirbhaya's mother told ANI.

After meeting Nirbhaya's parents Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi asserted that there should not be any delay in the passing of this bill.

"We salute the initiative that has been taken by Nirbhaya's parents. We had listed the Juvenile Justice Bill 12 times in the Monsoon Session but unfortunately, the Parliamentary proceedings could not take place and eventually the bill was not passed," Naqvi told media after meeting Nirbhaya's parents.

"So far, we have listed this bill for five times in the ongoing Winter Session. We are confident that this bill would be passed by the Rajya Sabha today. We believe that there should not be any delay to bring a stringent law," he added.

With the Supreme Court showing its inability to prohibit the release of the juvenile in the Nirbhaya gangrape case in the absence of laws, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had yesterday said the ruling dispensation at the Centre is keen to pass the Juvenile Justice Bill and was also ready to bring supplementary agenda on it in the Parliament.

The apex court had dismissed the petition of Delhi Commission of Women (DCW) Chairperson Swati Maliwal against the release of the juvenile offender in the December 16 gang rape case, saying 'there has to be a clear legislative sanction' in this regard.

Rejecting the DCW's petition, the apex court earlier said that under existing law detention cannot go beyond three years.

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