New Delhi, December 14 : Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development  Maneka Gandhi today once again cited that she had earlier cited that 16 year olds should be brought under law and must face the same consequences. She also expressed her regret over the parliament not functioning properly for such laws to be passed for the purpose of its smooth executiomAlso Read - Nirbhaya Case: Delhi HC Dismisses Pawan Gupta's Plea Claiming He Was Juvenile in 2012

“This act is stuck in Rajya Sabha,wish it allows me to pass this -Maneka Gandhi on Nirbhaya case juvenile convict,” she was quoted as saying by ANI. She futher added – “16 year olds should be brought under law and face same consequences,” about the juvenile convict who is set to walk free. Also Read - CBI Registers FIR Against Two Shelter Homes in Bihar; Probe Underway Against Owners For Physically Assaulting Inmates

Amidst apprehension raised by Nirbhaya’s parents, the Union Home Ministry has also contemplated asking the juvenile convict to sign a legal bond affirming good behaviour after his release.The bond is as per Section 107 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC)  which will act as a security for keeping the peace after his release from a juvenile remand home.(Also Read: Nirbhaya Case: Juvenile rapist to be kept in custody even after completion of sentence) Also Read - Kerala Couple Who Abandoned 2-day-old Girl Child Outside Church Arrested

As per the CrPC provision, when the Executive Magistrate receives information that any person is likely to commit a breach of the peace or disturb public peace and harmony and is of the opinion that there remains a sufficient ground for proceeding, he may require such people to show cause why he should not be ordered to execute a bond, which also remains to maintain peace for a period not exceeding one year.

The juvenile, who was under 18 when he was arrested for the rape and murder of Nirbhaya, was tried under the Juvenile Justice Act and was ordered to be kept in a remand home for three years. He is set to be released this month if the present act does not come into effect.