Juvenile convict of December 16 rape-murder case will be free next month
GN Bureau | November 24, 2015
On a complaint by the parents of the December 16 gangrape victim, the National Human Rights Commission has issued notices to the centre and to the Delhi government regarding the juvenile convict in the case. The complaint apprehends threat to society from the juvenile convict, who is set to be released next month.
"They have stated that the juvenile, who was largely responsible for the death of their daughter and was the most brutal amongst all the offenders, is supposed to be released sometime in December,” the commission said while taking cognisance of the complaint by the parents of the girl, who was brutally gangraped and murdered in Delhi on December 16 in 2012..
"They have submitted that such persons are threat to the life and liberty of the common man. There should be a mechanism to keep a strict check on them so that people are not subjected to any risk of being harmed. The complainants have also stated that the rate of recidivism (committing crimes again) is fairly high," said an NHRC statement.
The parents have requested the Commission to recommend to the government to prepare a plan to protect the citizens from such delinquent juveniles post their release and also to strengthen the extant laws on the subject.
The copies of the complaint has been sent to the secretary of Delhi government, the Delhi commissioner of police and the secretary, ministry of home affairs and sought reports in the matter within two weeks.
"There is no doubt that the complainants have undergone extreme agony and pain after the incident of rape and murder of their daughter. The fears expressed by them need to be looked into," the NHRC said.
The parents have also made a representation to the Home Minister on the same and submitted the copy of the representation to the commission along with the complaint.
The commission has further asked the chief secretary in Delhi government to inform whether any pre-release and post release plan as per Rule 17(3) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Rules, 2007 has been prepared in the case of the juvenile. If yes, copies of the same may be furnished to the Commission.
The chief secretary has been asked to inform whether the juvenile has been recently subjected to psychological or psychiatric assessment for assessing his mental health. If yes, a copy of the psychological assessment report shall be furnished.
The secretary in the ministry of home affairs has also been asked to inform about the action, if any, taken on the representation submitted by the complainants.
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