HC to decide on juvenile convict later

 New Delhi, 14-Dec-2015 18:39:43 IST

The Delhi High Court has reserved its order on the release of the juvenile convict in the Nirbhaya gang rape case.

The court's decision came after BJP leader Subramanian Swamy plead that the juvenile convict should not be released till it is demonstrably assured that he has reformed himself and was not a menace to the society. The victims family, seconding Swamy's stand, said, that he might be a threat to the society and demanded that his mental condition be assessed before setting him free.

The Juvenile Justice Board had on August 31, 2013 sent the juvenile to a remand home for three years. The convict, then aged under 18, is said to have inflicted maximum injury on the 23-year-old paramedical student, who died 13 days later, triggering a massive public outrage.

The Centre supported Subramanian Swamy's stand and said that the release of the juvenile should be stayed till the Juvenile Management Committee considers the Intelligence Bureau report and other details.

Amid apprehension raised by the victim's parents, the Home Ministry is contemplating to ask the juvenile convict to sign a legal bond affirming good behaviour after his release.

Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi had recently emphasised on the need to keep a close watch on the juvenile following his impending release.

The juvenile, arrested for rape and murder of the victim, was tried under the Juvenile Justice Act.

The victim, who was brutally assaulted by six persons, including the juvenile, in a moving bus in south Delhi, had succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital plunging the country into grief.