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No remission for sex offenders this R-day

Unlike in the past, sex offenders, including rapists, will be not be part of the 750-odd Tihar jail convicts who get remission from Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna on the occasion of the 64th Republic Day on Saturday.

delhi Updated: Jan 26, 2013 00:12 IST
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Unlike in the past, sex offenders, including rapists, will be not be part of the 750-odd Tihar jail convicts who get remission from Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna on the occasion of the 64th Republic Day on Saturday.

The reduction in prison term of up to 60 days will be granted and the beneficiaries include around 70 women. The government’s move to exclude sex offenders comes five weeks after a physiotherapy intern was gang-raped and brutalised by six persons, who also assaulted her male companion, on December 16 last year.

Apart from sex offenders, those convicted on terror charges have also been excluded from the list for the first time, said Tihar’s law officer Sunil Gupta.

“As a result of the brutal Delhi gang rape incident, the government has for the first time barred sex offenders, including rapists and molesters, from getting remission, along with terrorists,” said Gupta.

Around 20 of the 750-odd convicts, who have been selected by the jail authorities for remission on account of their good conduct, will be released from jail on Saturday itself, said a jail source. The rest are expected to leave for their homes soon on completion of their jail terms.

For convicts with a 10-year jail term or above, the remission will be of 60 days. For convicts with between five and 10 year jail term, the remission will be of 45 days, while for those with jail terms of between one and five year the remission will be of 30 days.