The juvenile accused was on Saturday found guilty of murder and rape of the 23-year-old girl in a moving bus in Delhi last year, but he got away with a maximum of three years imprisonment mandated under the juvenile law.
Five other men, aged between 19 and 34, were also charged with the attack on the 23-year-old physiotherapy student. The oldest, the alleged ringleader, hanged himself in prison earlier this year. The trial of the others is expected to conclude later this month. As adults, all face the death sentence if convicted.
The Board, presided over by Principal Magistrate Geetanjali Goel sentenced the minor to three years in a probation home, the maximum punishment that can be awarded under the Juvenile Justice Act. The eight months already spent by the juvenile in custody during the inquiry will be considered as period already served and would be deducted from the three years sentence.
On the night of December 16, last year, the 23-year-old victim, a paramedic student, was gangraped and brutally assaulted by six persons in a moving bus. The victim later succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital on December 29, last.
Mother of Delhi gang rape victim unhappy with sentence of convicted teenager. “There was no need for these proceedings. We have been fooled. I don’t accept the judgement. What was the need for keeping us waiting for the whole day,” the victim’s mother said after the verdict.