PROTESTS have erupted across Delhi as outrage grows over the release of a man convicted over a gang-rape of an Indian student which sent shockwaves across the world.
The attack occurred three years ago this month on a bus in India’s capital city and sparked global media coverage which in turn led to watershed legislation being introduced to protect women across India.
Four other men who were convicted have been sentenced to death, although they are now appealing their sentences having withdrawn their confessions.
The released man was a minor aged 17 at the time and instead received a three year sentence in a reform facility.
He was released after Delhi’s high court rejected a petition to extend his detention on Friday December 18 with activists demanding he not been released until his reform was proven.
On Monday another petition will reach the Supreme Court but this has done little to quell the outrage with thousands taking to the streets today.
The victim’s mother has spoken out against the release stating “I just want justice, I want a stay on his release. This hearing is just to mislead the people.” She also voiced her suspicion that the perpetrator was released during the night to prevent the procedure being stopped by mass protest.