Accused of rape, teen commits suicide in Delhi juvenile home
A teenager, who was apprehended in rape case, allegedly committed suicide inside the dormitory of a correction home in northwest Delhi’s Kingsway Camp on Tuesday evening.delhi Updated: Feb 18, 2016 07:45 IST
A teenager, who was apprehended in rape case, allegedly committed suicide inside the dormitory of a correction home in northwest Delhi’s Kingsway Camp on Tuesday evening.
Though he was believed to be a juvenile when apprehended, he was reportedly made to undergo a bone ossification test to determine his age. The test revealed that he was not a minor. He was to be shifted to Tihar jail from the correction home soon. No suicide note was recovered.
Police said the teenager, a native of Silchar in Assam, made a noose using two bed sheets and hung himself from the ceiling fan in the dormitory. He was reportedly seen by a staff member while he was trying to hang himself but before the staff could react, he hung himself. He was rushed to the hospital immediately by the superintendent, welfare officer and a nurse but was declared dead on arrival.
“The inmates of the correction home told us that he was upset over leaving the home and going to Tihar. He was told that Tihar houses hardened criminals and he was scared. Off late he often kept to himself. We have informed him family about the incident and have sent his body for a post-mortem examination,” a senior police officer said.
The police said even though they do not suspect foul play, an inquiry into the matter has been initiated. “A member from the staff saw him hanging himself but could not save him. He was to be produced before Juvenile Justice Board later this week from where he was to be sent to Tihar. The cause of death will be clear once the post-mortem report is out,” police said.
He had been sent to the home on December 26 last year after he was accused of kidnapping and raping a minor girl in southwest Delhi’s Palam area. While his father died a few years ago, his mother is paralysed and lives in Siliguri.
Following the incident, the Delhi government initiated a departmental inquiry into the matter which will be conducted by the director, women and child development department.
Separately, a report about the incident has been submitted to the District Magistrate (North) for initiating further necessary action. “Apart from this, Principal Magistrate of the Juvenile Justice Board is conducting a separate probe into the sequence and circumstances of the incident,” a government spokesperson said.
“A Principal Magistrate of Juvenile Justice Board has already visited the observation home at and conducted a preliminary inquiry by taking statements of few juveniles in conflict with law and the matter was subsequently reported to the Registrar General of High Court of Delhi,” the spokesperson said.