Nirbhaya Juvenile to be Released Today


New Delhi: The juvenile convicted in the gang-rape and murder of a paramedical student in Delhi three years ago, will be released on Sunday. The Supreme Court refused the dramatic post-midnight move of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) to stay his release by giving an urgent hearing.

A vacation bench comprising Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit in their order pronounced at 2am, posted the matter for hearing on Monday. The special leave petition filed by DCW against the order of the Delhi high court, which refused to restrain the release of the convict, was referred by the Chief Justice of India T S Thakur before the vacation bench.

The ground which has been taken in the appeal against the High Court order says that no mental assessment of the state of mind of the juvenile offender has been taken into account for his release. Meanwhile, a day before his scheduled release, the juvenile convict was moved out of Delhi on Saturday. The convict, who is now 20 years old and was known to be the most brutal of the attackers, has been taken to an undisclosed location amid concerns that there was a threat to his life.

The parents of the gang-rape victim, along with 40 students, were detained on Saturday by the police as they staged a protest against the release of the juvenile convict. The police action was condemned by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. Police, however, denied they were detained.