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‘Not much has changed in Delhi’

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Women activists say “nothing much has changed” as far as the safety of women in the Capital is concerned since the December 16 gang-rape case three years ago, which shook the nation and led to a massive public outcry forcing the Parliament to enact a new anti-rape law.

“What has changed in Delhi? Do we have lesser rapes now? Has the security system been strengthened? Have the convicts of brutal gang-rape been hanged? The Nirbhaya gang-rape definitely triggered a huge outcry, but where are the results?” said activist and director of Centre for Social Research Ranjana Kumari.

“The nation is yet to see the ‘hanging’ of the convicts and to believe the fact that the ones contributing to violence against women will be severely punished and the situation ‘changed versus not changed’ will continue till strong examples are set — that the accused will not be spared,” she added.

Activist Kavita Krishnan said: “The juvenile accused is likely to walk free. That speaks volumes about the ‘change’ in the past three years. Neither is there any political will nor has the accused been convicted.”

“The law was made, funds allocated and a fast track court was to hear the case, but where is the implementation? Where are the results that reflect a change in society?”

Six persons, including a juvenile, had brutally assaulted and raped a 23-year-old woman in a moving bus in South Delhi on December 16, 2012. The victim succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital on December 29, 2012.

Mukesh, Vinay, Pawan and Akshay were awarded death penalty by a trial court in the gang-rape and murder case, later confirmed by the Delhi High Court. Their appeals are pending before the Supreme Court. Accused Ram Singh allegedly committed suicide in Tihar jail on March 11, 2013.

The Centre had on Monday asked the High Court to extend the observation home stay of the juvenile, who is scheduled to be released on Sunday, saying several mandatory aspects were missing from the post-release rehabilitation plan, which needed to be considered before setting him free. — PTI

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