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.
Three arrested with tiger hides
KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.
The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.
All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.Follow @gorkhapost