The police on Monday apprehended a 15-year-old boy who they said raped two minor girls in south Delhi’s Amar Colony early this year. The teenager was also facing a probe in four more such cases, they said.
He was apprehended from a juvenile drug de-addiction centre in south-east Delhi where he was under treatment for the last few weeks, said sources."His exact age is 15 years and nine months. We are looking at his involvement in the other cases as well," a police officer told HT on condition of anonymity.
Rising juvenile crime has led to a demand for changes in law. Maximum punishment that an underage delinquent can get is three years and that too in a reform home.
Involvement of a minor in the Delhi gang rape of a trainee physiotherapist and two boys in a Mumbai Shakti Mill case triggered a debate over the blanket immunity that the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 gives to underage delinquents even to those involved in rape and murder.
A resident of Amar Colony, the teenager worked at an eatery when he raped a 10-year-old girl a few months ago, investigating officials alleged. He offered her a candy, took her to a nearby godown and raped her, the girl said in her complaint.
He raped a seven-year-old when he was on Diwali leave from the de-addiction centre, the police said. He took the girl to the terrace of an under-construction building near Garhi village in the neighbourhood and raped her, the seven-year-old’s father said.
A labourer, the man told the police that the boy had tried to strangle his daughter but fled when she raised an alarm.
CCTV footage from a camera installed in the local market helped them zero in on the accused, the police said. One of the victims identified the boy, they said.
The teenager told the police of a troubled childhood, said sources. He lost his parents at an early age and was living with his maternal grandmother, sources said. He was seven when a neighbor sodomised him. His friends, said sources, introduced him to drugs and alcohol, turning him into an addict.