The juvenile convict in the December 16 gang rape case has reportedly written to the Union home ministry and the National Human Rights Commission expressing fears of being lynched the moment he walks outside the shelter home.
The convict, now 21 years old, is lodged in a juvenile shelter home in the city and will complete his sentence next week. The youth has requested for a job.
Neither the home ministry nor the human rights commission spokesperson, however, confirmed having received the letter. “We are yet to receive any such application from the convict. As and when we do receive it, we will process the application as per applicable legal provisions,” said a home ministry spokesperson.
In the letter, the convict has claimed that he is the only bread winner of his family who had been working since the age of nine. He has reportedly confessed that he had been subjected to unnatural sex from various people who helped his family. “The applicant was very harassed by these unnatural offences from his childhood by different people who were paying money for the survival of his family (sic),” reads his letter.
In his letter, the convict who will be freed soon claims to be prepared for to take up any type of hard work through honest means. According to him, the public is not satisfied with the outcome of the case and that they could take matters into their own hands to ensure justice is done.
“It is therefore most respectfully prayed that your kind honor... pass order for security to the applicant and provide for his job. The applicant is ready to change his name. He also doesn’t want his face to be shown publicly by any method or to be sent to any NGO for betterment in the interest of justice (sic),” read a typed letter, supposedly signed by him.
The youth’s lawyer Rajesh Tiwari refused to comment when contacted.