The mother of the juvenile accused in the December 16 gang rape case heaved a sigh of relief as soon as she heard about the verdict on Saturday. She had fainted in the morning and had remained unconscious till late in the evening.
Feeling relieved that her son had been spared the death penalty, she said he “was getting a chance to reform himself”.
“If he gets wise then perhaps he would never make any such mistake in life ever,” she said. His father, who was visibly relieved, said: “What could have been better than the life being spared?”
The village to which the minor accused belongs woke up to a usual morning on Saturday but mediapersons soon converged around mid-afternoon. The mother of the accused also got to know about the verdict from the media.
She said: “I wish he comes straight to the village after finishing his incarceration period. He should stay here and earn his living by toiling the way do (as labourer), though we are ashamed of what he did.”
However, the villagers may not be as forgiving as the juvenile’s parents. Angry over his brutal act, villagers said they would ostracise the boy if he returned to the village.
“The crime he committed was brutal and the punishment he has got is not sufficient,” said a villager, adding, “we will excommunicate him if he returns to the village”.
One of his school-time friends said he was ashamed of once being his friend.
“He should not be allowed to enter the village,” the friend said.