Why 'brutal' juvenile must not evade death over his age?

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New Delhi, Jan 15: Nation is asking whether the sixth accused in the horrific Delhi gangrape-cum-murder case, who is said to be the most brutal of all, will be set free just because he is a juvenile? The mother of the 23-year-old paramedical student, who was brutally gangraped by six men (including the juvenile), says that the juvenile who committed the heinous crime should be hanged, including the other five.

Cry of a Mother

"That boy everyone calls 'juvenile'; he beat her with an iron rod. He inserted it into her body till it went all the way up and yanked it out, and with it, her intestines. As she shouted for him to stop, he screamed at her, 'Saali, mar! (Die, bitch)' Yet the law calls him a juvenile," said the 23-year-old victim's mother to The Times of India.

"From nursery onwards, she was a bright child. She always topped her class. We had grand dreams for her. A few lakh rupees cannot replace my child. The culprits beat her to death. Now, the only thing that will satisfy us is to see them punished. For what they did to her, they deserve to die."

People Against Delhi Rape

Even, the victim's father said, "The juvenile should be punished first...he was the one who lured my daughter into the bus and tortured her most mercilessly. He should be hanged like the other five accused."

"All the six accused should never be allowed to step out of the jail...they must be hanged. They are a threat to every woman on the street," added the father of the victim.

What activists say?

Activists working for women's rights feel that court should not forget the case of Pappu Salve alias Sunil Suresh before setting the juvenile free. The 32-year-old man, who was released from jail earlier, was again arrested for allegedly raping and killing a girl in Shirdi, Maharashtra.

Pappu Salve was arrested on Saturday for allegedly kidnapping a nine-year-old girl from Shirdi town of Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra on Dec 28 last year, following which he raped her and then killed her.

Village of the Juvenile feels ashamed

The 17-year-old accused is the youngest and allegedly the most brutal assaulter in this case. While his mother says he should be punished if guilty, the neighbours are worried about the bad name he has brought to their village Badaun in western Uttar Pradesh.

Law versus Nation

After the horrific crime, the entire nation is asking for an amendment to the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act. According to JJ Act, a person who is below 18 is considered as a juvenile and cannot be tried along with adults if he/she commits a crime.

Moreover, a scared nation is demanding that the identity of the minor should be revealed, so that people can stay away from the offender, if he would be set free.

Legal luminaries and women rights activists believe that the prosecution age of minors should be brought down to 15 or 16, so that the sixth accused undergo the trail procedure.

The juvenile accused will appear before the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) on Tuesday, Jan 15. The board has also summoned the headmaster of a school the accused studied in again, as it attempts to ascertain if he is indeed a minor as he claims.

If proven a minor, the police will have to file an inquiry report detailing the juvenile's role in the brutal attack instead of a chargesheet and the maximum sentence he will receive is three years at a reform facility. But if he is proven an adult, the boy will be tried in a regular court and charged with others arrested for the crime.

But police did not reveal juvenile's identity as it is against the law.

A recently released data by Home Ministry shows that over 33,000 juveniles - mostly between the age group of 16 to 18 - have been arrested for crimes like rape and murder across the country in 2011.

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