New Delhi: Protesters who gathered at the heavily barricaded India Gate to oppose the release of the youngest of the six men convicted for the gang-rape and murder have been detained by police. Among them are Jyoti’s parents, who were leading the protests and have accused the Centre and the Delhi government of failing them. Later may be they released.
The police had declared Section 144 at India Gate where thousands had braved water cannons three years ago – and moved the protesters to Jantar Mantar, the usual protest venue of the capital. But the protesters had moved back on Rajpath near India Gate, with plans to hold a candle-light vigil this evening.
The young man, who was a few months short of 18 on December 16, 2012 when he and five others had raped the 23-year-old woman, was released and entered a reform home today. He will stay in Delhi under the watch of a non-governmental organisation.
He is also likely to be monitored by the Juvenile Justice Board, which will decide on his rehabilitation. The government has said a one-time financial grant of Rs. 10,000 will be given to the youth and a sewing machine will be arranged so he can rent a tailor shop.