Nirbhaya Juvenile Shifted to Unknown Location: Sources


New Delhi: In a new twist, the December 16, 2012 juvenile rapist in Delhi gang-rape case has been shifted out of correctional home and taken to an undisclosed location on Saturday evening.

According to media reports, the juvenile convict has been shifted from Timarpur ahead of release, which is scheduled to be held tomorrow, due to security reasons.

The rapist, now 21, is likely to be monitored by the Juvenile Justice Board, which will decide on his rehabilitation, “social mainstreaming”, and even whether he should be returned to his family.

Legal options to stop his release are open till Sunday and both the Delhi government and the state Women’s Commission are considering them.

The convict was just a few months short of 18 when he and five others attacked 23-year-old Jyoti Singh and her male friend on the night of December 16, 2012, an incident that shook India to the core and led to protests in the country as well as abroad. Four of the rapists have been sentenced to death and a fifth was found dead in prison.

The youngest convict’s punishment was seen as disproportionate to the enormity of his crime and led to a debate about whether India was too soft on teen offenders involved in serious crimes like rape and murder.