NEW DELHI — The youngest of six people indicted the 2012 gang rape of a lady in New Delhi has been freed after a court declined to extend his three-year sentence, a lawyer says.
The case turned a global spotlight on the treatment of women in India, where police say a rape is reported every 20 minutes, and the sentence sparked debate over whether the country is too soft on young offenders.
“The juvenile offender has been handed over to an NGO (non-governmental organisation) for the time being,” said Ashok Verma, one of the lawyers representing him.
Mr Verma declined to give further details.
The Delhi Commission for Women moved a plea against the release in India’s top court, which it agreed to hear on Monday.
RK Tripathy, a lawyer who was not directly involved in the case, said the juvenile would not have to appear before the Supreme Court unless it passed a summons or notice to him.
More than a hundred people, including the victim’s parents, gathered in New Delhi to protest against the release.
The Delhi High Court on Friday heard a petition by a ruling-party politician Subramanian Swamy demanding a longer sentence for the offender, who was 17 at the time of the crime, after he had received the maximum punishment of three years from the Juvenile Justice Board.
The High Court judges said they could not halt the release because his sentence had complied with existing law.
In 2012, the juvenile and five adult companions lured a 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist and her male friend onto a bus in the Indian capital, where they repeatedly raped the woman and beat both with a metal bar before dumping them on a road.
The woman died two weeks later of her injuries.
Four of the adults were sentenced to death while the fifth hanged himself in prison.
The death sentences have not yet been carried out.
Police accused the teenager of being violent, and said he pulled out part of the woman’s intestines with his hands.
Passenger bus falls from bridge, leaving 12 dead, injuring 46 in India’s Sitamadhi
PATNA — At least 12 people were killed and 46 others injured on Saturday after a passenger bus carrying them fell from a bridge in India’s eastern state of Bihar, officials said.
A bus carrying over 60 passengers fell off a bridge in Bihar’s Sitamarhi district, about 130 kilometres north of state capital Patna, killing 12 persons on the spot on Saturday evening, local media reported.
The accident took place at around 6 pm on the National Highway 77 near Bhanaspatti village under Runnisaidpur area of the district. Police said the bus was heading to Aurai via Runnisaidpur from Muzaffarpur.
Reports said following the accident, some of the witnesses informed police who rushed to the spot along with health teams to carry out rescue operation.
Of the injured, 34 were admitted to the primary health centre (PHC) at Runnisaidpur while 12 were rushed to the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur.Follow @gorkhapost