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Can’t Stop Delhi Gang-Rape Convict’s Release

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Supreme Court has rejected the Delhi Commission for Women’s request to keep the convict in detention in Delhi gang rape case.

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In a petition filed after midnight on Saturday, the women’s panel had said that the convict had shown no remorse and should be under observation till his mental condition is assessed. Quashing the petition the supreme court  blamed parliament and said, “In the absence of any law we can’t take away the right of a person. There has to be legislative sanction.” The court further questioned, “If the reformation programme takes 7 or 10 years, can we keep him under detention? Where is the legislative sanction?”

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A bill to change the law and treat convicts who are sixteen and above like adults in crimes like rape and murder has been passed by the Lok Sabha but is still pending in the Rajya Sabha.