Following the Supreme Court's dismissal of a plea against the release of the juvenile offender, the focus has shifted to the proposed amendments and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that 'the government is ready and very keen to pass this juvenile Bill'.

"We are ready to bring supplementary agenda for this today itself," he said outside the Parliament. Targeting Congress, he added that the Bill has been thrice listed in the past for consideration and passage in Rajya Sabha; however, the House has not been able to run.  

"Because of the Opposition, particularly Congress, the Bill till date has not been passed. There is concern and outrage in the country," he cited while urging the party to facilitate the passage of the Bill.

TMC leader Derek O'Brien said the various parties should rise above politics and allow the passage of the Bill.

"The nation wants this Bill passed. In the next two days, parties should rise above politics and pass this Bill. I appeal to the Congress party for it," he said. O'Brien asked the government to list the Bill as soon as possible, saying that would allow a detailed discussion on the proposed amendments, including the provision allowing for children between 16-18 years to be tried as adults in cases of heinous crime.

“Stating that 'the Nirbhaya accused will not be affected even if it (the bill) is passed,” Congress leader Pramod Tiwary charged that the "government is guilty for the release of the accused and of not being able to pass the Bill".

Union Minister Uma Bharati said she will appeal to Congress president Sonia Gandhi to allow passage of the Bill in the interest of the girls in the country.

"I would also tell Nirbhaya's parents that the court decision was within the criminal law of the country. We have to change the law and we are ready to do so. This is an issue of concern for the country that because he was not 18 years old, he went free," she added.

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