The lone juvenile convict in the December 16 gangrape case is all set to be released soon after being “reformed” even as his four adult accomplices await the Supreme Court’s decision on their appeal against death penalty given to them.
The heinous nature of the gangrape had shocked the nation, and marches and rallies were carried out across India demanding swift justice.
The juvenile was sent to the shelter home after being convicted in the rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012 — a case that triggered nation-wide protests and led to tougher laws for crime against woman. Five other adults convicted for the crime were sentenced to death. Of them, one was found dead in his Tihar Jail cell in a suspected suicide.
This is not an isolated case where a juvenile guilty of a heinous crime such as rape and murder has benefited from benevolent provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 that does not permit treating minor offenders on a par with adults for trial and punishment.