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Teen was glued to TV, changed to movies soon after Delhi gang-rape verdict

Faizan Haidar and Neelam Pandey , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 11, 2013
First Published: 03:35 IST(11/9/2013) | Last Updated: 03:36 IST(11/9/2013)

Pronounced guilty in the gang rape and murder of the 23-year-old physiotherapist, the 18-year-old who was sent to a reformatory home for three years sat glued to his television set on Tuesday. Now an adult, he was a juvenile when he committed the crime.

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Sources said he kept flipping television channels all morning, but preferred news channels to remain updated about the developments.

Sources at the reformatory home said the boy woke up at his regular time, 7am, and went about the daily grind without a trace of emotion.

“For more than two hours, he was glued to the screen. But when the four were convicted of the crime, he sat stone-faced. After news channels started flashing that the quantum of punishment will be announced on Wednesday, he switched to movie channels,” said an official at the reformatory at north Delhi’s Majnu Ka Tila, where the boy is staying.

“We feel he cares little about his accomplices,” said a senior official at the reformatory.

After being sentenced by the juvenile justice board to spend 28 months in reformatory, the teenager has been kept in isolation from other inmates due to security concerns. A television set has been provided to him.

The boy, who has been described as the most brutal of the six accused, had been reportedly keeping to himself after the verdict last week. He has now started interacting with the staff and other inmates.

“He was depressed when he was sent here in December. For some days, he did not interact at all but later he settled down well and had started participating in vocational activities. After the board’s verdict on Saturday, he had stopped talking again. But for the past few days, he has been doing his work and participating in vocational training,” said the senior official.

These days, the boy spends most of his time playing ludo and watching television. Counsellors working with him are now trying to gauge his interest in vocational training.


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