Is justice done in rape case?
That the Juvenile Justice Board has awarded a three-year punishment to the minor convict in Nirbhaya gang rape case is unfortunate. But given the...
That the Juvenile Justice Board has awarded a three-year punishment to the minor convict in Nirbhaya gang rape case is unfortunate. But given the provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act, the Board could not have awarded a higher sentence even if it had wanted, as public opinion wanted, and though the convict deserved it. Additionally, the verdict must be deemed too little too late for having come eight months after the rape and murder of 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus in Delhi on December 16 last.
The girl died on December 29 while undergoing treatment in Singapore. The juvenile, a key accused, was found guilty but let off with three years’ punishment because he was just a little over 17 years of age when he committed the ghastly act. At least in this case the law has proved to be an ass; ironically, that stands proved by the prosecution which called the minor “the most brutal face of the six” and who was yet allowed to get away with a three-year term; even that not in a regular jail but in a remand home, all because he was lucky by a few months!