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Nirbhaya juvenile convict will be monitored after release

NEW DELHI: The juvenile convict in the brutal 2012 Delhi gang-rape case will be closely monitored and not completely free when he is released later this month after he finishes his sentence, according to Times Now.

The 17-year-old convict– in what is called the Nirbhaya case — is likely to be lodged with an NGO upon completing his three-year sentence at a prohibition centre. The convict’s movements will be monitored for a year, the news channel said quoting unnamed sources.

The juvenile was the youngest of six men who raped and brutally tortured a 23-year-old medical student on a moving bus in the national capital three years ago.

last month, Union minister Maneka Gandhi had advocated that a ‘close watch’ be kept on the convict after he completes his sentence.

Reacting to reports of his impending release, the Union minister had said that while the juvenile’s release into society was not ideal, the letter of the law had been followed in his conviction and sentencing. “I don’t know whether the justice has been served but certainly the law has been adhered to,” the minister said.

The parents of the December 16 gang-rape victim had also expressed their exasperation with the legal system and wondered whether the juvenile convict in the case has undergone any reform.

“He was few months short of an adult while committing the crime and was sent to a reformation centre for this reason. But did he reform? Thousands of girls are being raped across the country. What has changed?” the victim’s mother had said.

Four other men found guilty in the case are on death row while one of the accused died in jail. Nirbhaya died 13 days after the incident, in a hospital in Singapore where she had been taken for treatment.

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