More change, more of the same
The Juvenile Justice Board Saturday sentenced the lone minor accused in the Dec 16, 2012 gang rape here to a three-year stay in a special home. The boy, who was 17-and-half years old at the time of the incident, has turned 18.
The board, presided over by Principal Magistrate Geetanjali Goel, pronounced the verdict and acquitted him of some of the charges.
Controversies continue to swirl about the sentence, with some demanding harsher punishment, and others wary of changing laws concerning juvenile offenders. These are certainly important issues, not least because of widespread concern on both sides of the issue.
However, the main issue remains one of the safety of (almost) half of India’s population. Around the same time as the breaking of the news of the sentencing, IT reports a similar case in the same same city, but now with policemen accused of the crime:
A Delhi-based woman was allegedly gangraped and her male friend assaulted by two police constables and their three friends on the outskirts of the national capital.
Four of the accused, including the two Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) constables, have been arrested for the incident that took place on Friday, and the police jeep used by them has also been seized, Superintendent of Police (SP) (City) Yogesh Singh said, adding that hunt is on to nab the fifth accused.
In the last night’s incident [sic], the accused also took away the victim’s mobile phone and ATM card, which they used to buy fuel for their jeep, he said.