Justice Usha Mehra now asserted that a juvenile accused must get punishment if he/she is aware about his/her crime.
Statement of Justice Mehra, who also sought death penalty for accused of rarest of rare rape cases, may leave the worst impact on the juvenile accused who may be let off over the existing juvenile law of this country.
Here are the reasons why he may set free:
According to Juvenile Justice Act (JJ Act), a juvenile is a person who is below 18 years of age. With the decision of JJ Board, he has to stay for three years in a remand home.
Section 15(1)(g) of the JJ Act further mandates that a juvenile convicted of any offence can be sentenced to be sent to a special home for a period of three years, maximum and thereafter be released on probation.
Juvenile accused tortured Delhi victim the most:
Family members of the victim earlier were quoted as saying, "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."
Justice Mehra's report on Delhi police:
Justice Mehra recently submitted her report on the police action during the infamous Delhi gang-rape case. Bashing Delhi police in her report, Justice Mehra said, "We found this bus taking school children for months without license but the transport department didn't do anything and the police didn't inform them about challans."
"We found a day after the incident that another girl was molested in a bus but police didn't do anything. This is how sensitive they are," she added.
Six men raped a 23-year-old paramedical student and later threw her out of a moving bus on Dec 16. All six people have been charged under 13 sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including murder, gang-rape, sodomy and kidnapping.
Now, here is the irony where five of them face death penalty but the sixth one, who is believed to be a juvenile, may escape without facing any stringent punishment for his brutal deeds.