|6th gangrape accused a ‘juvenile’|
NEW DELHI, Jan 28 – The sixth accused in the case of December 16 gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedical student here was today declared by the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) as a “minor”, which would enable him to walk free by June 4, this year when he attains the age of 18 years.
The accused, who was described as the most brutal of the six accused by the Delhi Police in its chargesheet, was declared as 17 years and six months and 24 days-old (as of today) by the JJB, which relied on his birth certificate and school documents produced before it.
Section 15 (g) of the Juvenile (Care and Protection of Children) Act mandates that a juvenile aged between 16-18 years if convicted of any offence can be sentenced to be sent to a special home for a period of three years at the maximum, and thereafter, be released on probation. – PTI