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New Delhi: The parents of Nirbhaya, who was brutally gang-raped here on December 16, 2012, were upset on Wednesday and fiercely opposed the release of the convict who was found to be a juvenile at the time of the crime.

“If a juvenile commits a heinous crime, he must be kept with wild animals. We must not set them free. Our laws are flawed. The juvenile laws should be made applicable only for the people committing petty crimes, not for heinous crimes,” Nirbhaya’s father Badrinath said here, as the convict gets ready to walk free on December 20.

Badrinath said he will continue his fight to seek justice for his daughter.

“It is quite agonising. Do not know if Indian women will ever have a safe and secure environment. We will keep fighting. It will help my daughter’s soul rest in peace,” he added.

Ranjana Kumari, director, Centre for Social Research (CSR), also spoke on the occasion to mark the third anniversary of the horrifying gang rape.

“A lot needs to be done. We will find ourselves nowhere in our fight against women if we work with the proverbial approach of ‘slow and steady wins the race’. We need to involve schools, colleges, universities, police and other stakeholders to taking on the menace of crime against women,” Ranjana Kumari said.

She pointed out that the Nirbhaya fund, unused since its initial announcement in 2013, needs to be utilized to provide a safer environment for women.

She cited National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data and said that an increase of 9.2 percent was reported in crime against women during 2014 as compared to 2013.

According to the NCRB report, there were 3,37,922 cases of crime against women in 2014 as compared to 3,09,546 such cases in 2013.

Lalitha Kumarmangalam, the chairperson of National Commission for Women (NCW), said: “We at the NCW are working to devise a multi-pronged strategy to ensure swift action and speedy trial in cases of crime against women.” (IANS, Image:Quint)

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In his defense, Brown claimed he “thought” the girl was an adult. He said he was “only friends” with her and believed she was “in need of a place to stay”

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Pretending to be “Instagram famous”, a 25-year-old Florida man allegedly lured a Texas-based minor girl only to repeatedly sexually assault and rape her for days.

Richard Brown, who already faces six felony counts of child sexual abuse, got in touch with the 17-year-old girl on Instagram and claimed to be a 19-year-old, rich and “Instagram famous”, the media reported.

He had reportedly booked an Uber costing over $800 to get the girl from her home in Texas to his parent’s home in Orlando and kept her trapped for three days.

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The girl however managed to escape and reported to the local authorities while keeping her mother informed via Snapchat.

“The girl told authorities that she quickly realised Brown wasn’t who he claimed to be, but that he pressured her into staying with him for three nights as he had paid for her journey,” the report said.

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In his defense, Brown claimed he “thought” the girl was an adult. He said he was “only friends” with her and believed she was “in need of a place to stay”. (IANS)