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Delhi gang-rape: Juvenile rapist silent, keeps to himself

Neelam Pandey and Faizan Haidar, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 13, 2013
First Published: 22:36 IST(13/9/2013) | Last Updated: 22:39 IST(13/9/2013)

The 18-year-old rape convict, sent to a reformatory for three years in connection with the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapist last year, did not react to the news of the death sentence awarded to his four accomplices on Friday afternoon.

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"He showed no emotions. He seemed withdrawn and hasn't spoken much after he saw the news of the death sentence on television this afternoon," said a source.

The guards stationed outside his room have been asked to keep a constant watch over him. "We don't want to bombard him with questions as we don't know what is going inside his head. In a day or two, we will start the second round of counselling," said a source in the north Delhi reformatory home where the 18-year-old has been lodged since December last year.

"The staff observed that he was trying to avoid watching the court proceedings and was deliberately watching movies or serials. While he continued with his daily routine but he didn't show any emotion. This worried the counsellor. ," said a senior Delhi official. 

Sources further said that even during an interaction with a psychologist on Thursday he refrained from discussing the rape case. "They asked a few questions regarding the incident but he simply avoided it," added the official. 

"He did his routine work and attended classes too. In the evening counsellors spoke to him but did not discuss the rape case. We also didn't force him to share his views as it may affect his negatively," said a senior official at the reformatory.

During counselling, it was observed that the teen, described by the prosecution as the most brutal of all six accused, had stopped interacting with the reformatory staff in the past few days.

"We will have more counselling sessions so that the judgment doesn't affect him in any way," said the official.

Kept in isolation from other inmates, he spends most of his time playing ludo and watching television. Counsellors working with him are now trying to gauge his interest in vocational training.

Illiterate when he was first brought to the home, he has shown keen interest in learning Hindi and can now write his name in the language.


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