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Delhi gangrape: fate of juvenile accused may be decided today

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 10, 2013
First Published: 11:26 IST(10/7/2013) | Last Updated: 12:33 IST(8/9/2013)

A Juvenile Justice Board that conducted the trial of a 17-year-old accused in the December 16 gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedical student in New Delhi is likely to pronounce its verdict on Thursday.

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The court had concluded the inquiry, which began in March against the juvenile, described the prosecution as the "most brutal of the six accused" on July 5. The maximum punishment he can be given under the Juvenile Justice Act if found guilty is a three-year sentence at a reformatory home.

Among the charges the juvenile is facing are gang rape, murder, kidnapping, unnatural offences, attempt to murder, dacoity, destruction of evidence and conspiracy. During the inquiry, the board recorded the statements of six prosecution witnesses including the victim's male friend and also the carpenter, who was robbed in the bus on the fateful night.

The juvenile's lawyer told the court that there was no medical evidence against him to connect him with the charges and no fingerprints could be detected in the bus to show his complicity.

The juvenile in his statement recorded by the board during the inquiry claimed innocence and refuted the police version in the charge sheet of him being the "most brutal" of all the accused.

He had claimed he was himself victimised by his employer and prime accused Ram Singh, who, he said, did not pay him for his work.


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