New Delhi: While the juvenile accused in the December 16, 2012 gangrape of a 23-year-old student may get only a lenient sentence, his family and fellow villagers are in no mood to forgive him or have any contact with him.
His mother says that she will not him to enter the house. She also says she is not sure whether he is minor or not, but in any case she will not allow him inside her home even after he is released. She adds that her son should be given appropriate punishment if found guilty.
Even the accused minor's fellow villagers have no sympathy for him. They say that he should get severe punishment like other accused of the gangrape case. The village head say that even if he is shown leniency due to his juvenile status, the villagers will not him to stay in the village.
Legal experts say that if convicted, the juvenile can only be sent to an observation home for a maximum of three years.
It's been more than six months since Delhi braveheart succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital after she was brutally raped in a moving bus on the fateful night of December 16, 2012.
The first verdict in the gangrape and murder case is expected on Thursday by the Juvenile Justice Board which was trying a minor - one of the six accused in the sensational case that had sparked national outrage.
The minor faces grievous charges of rape and murder like the other four accused. But if convicted, he can only be sent to an observation home for a maximum of three years.
Juvenile Justice Board presided by Principal Magistrate Geetanjali Goel had concluded on July 5 its inquiry that began in March against the juvenile, who, the police claimed, was the "most brutal" of all the six accused persons.
The Board had reserved the judgement after it heard final arguments from both the prosecution and the defence in the case. The Board is also expected to give its judgement on Thursday in the another case against the juvenile pertaining to robbing Ramadhar, a carpenter who had boarded the bus on the fateful night of December 16, 2012 and was thrown out before the girl and her friend were assaulted. The girl had died in a Singapore hospital on December 29, 2012.
During the inquiry, the juvenile had denied all charges against him, claiming that he was not a participant in the horrendous crime.
An Uttar Pradesh native who had moved to Delhi when he was 11 years old and took up menial jobs, he was one of the six accused arrested in the case.
While the juvenile faced inquiry before the JJB, the four adult accused are being tried before a fast track court. Key accused Ram Singh was found hanging in Tihar Jail in March and the proceedings against him stand abated.
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