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Release of the juvenile rapist!
We the people of India willingly or unwillingly are going to release a murderous rapist back into the social structure of the country. We the people of India are going to allow the rapist to reign free with minimum supervision, which in this proud country is usually non-existent.

It has been just over three years since the court handed out this wise decision to a juvenile who had personally inserted an iron rod into a young girl's private parts, tearing her internal organs and leaving her to die bleeding after throwing her out of a bus on a road of India's capital city.

If this is not an invitation to the next horror that this sorry organism could perpetrate, what else could it be? Has the court thought about whom to blame when this man does something similar as his counselor seems to suggest? In the words of the counselor the man has shown in three years not an ounce of regret for his actions. In fact he has shown street smartness that comes from serving a few years in prison and also the ability to take advantage of the loopholes in the law of which there is no dearth at all in this country's law books.

And here we are not talking of the clean chits that political committees regularly give to each other with a smile and a pat on the back as encouragement to go on to the next scam as well as they are able to. We are speaking about highly educated court judges who have attained the best education that this country has to offer and yet they are tied to the words written in law books by their predecessors, allowing freedom to men who can harm a young girl in this manner.

Why are we, the people of India, under such a predicament every single time that such injustice is perpetrated? The endless wait for a judgment and then to see criminals that requires far more punishment given almost a laughable prison time as token. Across the nation there is a quiet indignation as people in households everywhere rue their country's incredible system of justice and corrupt governance at every level.

Today the NDA government has listed the Juvenile Justice Bill for discussion in the Rajya Sabha which seeks to amend the Juvenile Justice Act by lowering the age limit of a juvenile from 18 to 16 years, so that a juvenile could face trial as an adult for a heinous crime.

But even on the penultimate day of the winter session in the Rajya Sabha today, DDCA scam seems to be the only and all important issue for the Congress led opposition, rather than the cause of women's safety in the country. The entire nation is watching in anticipation of what finally happens at 2 pm when a discussion over the Juvenile Justice Bill takes place in the Rajya Sabha today.

This quiet indignation has gotten more vocal after the Anna movement and with activists becoming physically active on the streets of cities, there is a perceptible change among the citizens. But there are miles to go until citizens can force governments and get laws amended to be far more effective in protecting the victims rather than the criminals. And if this government, conservative and religious minded as it is, does not listen to its citizens, the citizens need to step up and get as aggressive as they can without 'breaking' the law.

However, it is not always that results are achieved by going according to the book. If criminals can take advantage of the laws of this country and find loopholes, then the civic activists need to also take the same advantage and move it for the people. The men and women that can inspire need to come on to the streets more often. Where is that outpour of citizens with zeal on the streets of New Delhi that came out during the time of that horrific rape of that young woman whom everyone now knows as "Nirbhaya"?

Come on out once more, people of Delhi. Come out of your homes and offices, people of Mumbai. Come out, every father who has a daughter at home. Come on out, every mother who has daughters. Come on out, every young boy who has a sister at home. Come on out, every girl and woman who has a sister at home. Come on out, uncles and aunts and grandfathers and grandmothers and tell your respective governments, state and centre to amend the laws and to actually work in the parliament rather than play act with each other and show their pettiness and their egos. Come on out, India!

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