The law may bestow leniency on him but according to the Delhi Police, the juvenile associate of the men who executed the gangrape of December 16 was the most brutal of them all.
According to the chargesheet, the juvenile had subjected the 23-year-old physiotherapist to sexual abuse twice, once when she was unconscious. He extracted her intestine with his bare hands and suggested she be thrown off the moving vehicle devoid of her clothes, it says.
The police, who are yet to receive the report of his bone ossification test and are treating him as a juvenile on the basis of his school leaving certificate, are supposed to file its chargesheet on Thursday.
The police have also obtained the initial postmortem report from Singapore.
"Of all the persons in the bus, two had engaged in the most barbarism — Ram Singh, the main accused in the case, and the juvenile," said an officer.
"Both of them had subjected her to sexual abuse twice. Singh was the first to rape her followed by the juvenile and then Akshay. Later, when she lost consciousness, Singh and the juvenile raped her a second time."
Nabbed from the Anand Vihar ISBT on December 28 and six months shy of officially turning an adult, the juvenile had moved to the city in 2007.
That day, police said, the juvenile had landed at Singh's Ravi Das slum cluster home to demand R8,000 the former owed him. Here, he met the rest of the men.
Around 9.30 pm, he used his peculiar 'sing-song' whistle to lure the couple aboard the bus. The vehicle started moving on a different route, making the victim's companion apprehensive. They shut the only functional door of the bus.
"When the victim's companion objected, Singh passed a lewd comment which triggered an altercation," the officer said.
The first one to engage her companion was the juvenile before Singh attacked the man on his head with the blunt iron rod used as a weapon during the episode.