New Delhi: The parents of the December 16 gang-rape victim and scores of protesters led by some NGOs will continue to protest at the Jantar Mantar on Monday against the release of juvenile convict in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case.
Nirbhaya's parents and other protesters were detained by the police after they staged a protest near India Gate on Sunday against the release of the juvenile convict.
The juvenile convict in the December 16 gang-rape case was released yesterday and sent to an NGO in Delhi.
The protest started around 5 pm and within half-an-hour, a large number of protesters comprising mostly students and activists gathered at a stretch on Rajpath, blocking the road.
Soon, several police teams, including women officials, were deployed to disperse the protesters, who were shouting slogans against the central and Delhi governments.
Asha Devi, the mother of the paramedic student who was gang-raped in a moving bus, had to be convinced and put inside a bus along with her husband, Badri Singh Pandey, and other protesters.
"How many more rapes, how many more murders will have to take place for the government to change laws related to juveniles. I want (Prime Minister Narendra) Modiji to consider giving us two minutes (for a meeting)," said Asha Devi.
Referring to the release of the juvenile, she said, "Who should have been put behind bars has been allowed to walk out free, while we, who have suffered, are being chased by police.
First we were stopped at Jantar Mantar, and then we managed to reach here (India Gate).
"I will not get inside the bus today," she kept saying, as she was being escorted by women police officials.
Pandey, the victim's father, said that the police action was not justified and that their three-year-long battle for justice has gone in vain.
The release became possible notwithstanding the Delhi Commission for Women's late night effort to stall it as the Supreme Court post-midnight held a sitting and refused to stay the release. In its order, the Supreme Court declined to stop the release of the juvenile offender and posted the matter for hearing tomorrow.