Juvenile convict out of Delhi ahead of release

Kiren Rijiju said that the Central government had opposed the juvenile’s release.

New Delhi: A day before his scheduled release, the juvenile convict in the December 16 gangrape case was moved out from the correction home to an undisclosed location, even as the parents of the victim continued to reiterate their demand of stopping the minor’s release.

Minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said that the Central government had opposed the juvenile’s release but the Delhi high court ordered him to be released from the remand home on Friday.

“In principle, the Central government opposed the release of the juvenile offender at this stage for which we have presented our position before the honorable Delhi high court,” Mr Rijiju said.

Reacting to chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s tweet that the victim’s parents were detained by the Delhi police, DCP (North) Madhur Verma said, “They were never detained. They along with some protestors were removed from the Ring Road for their safety only.”

The sources said that the juvenile convict, who is now 20 years old, has been sent to an undisclosed location amid concerns that there was threat to his life and several agencies are keeping an eye on the matter. The convict is likely to walk free from the undisclosed location on Sunday, in adherence to the existing legal provision, the source added.

Delhi government has said it had submitted a rehabilitation plan for the juvenile convict. The government had also said that according to the the plan, a one-time financial grant of Rs 10,000 will be given to the youth and a sewing machine will be arranged for him so that he can rent a tailor shop.

( Source : deccan chronicle )
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