Delhi gangrape: Juvenile Justice Board defers verdict on minor accused

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File photo of protests after December 16 Delhi gangrape incident. File photo of protests after December 16 Delhi gangrape incident.
SummaryThe accused, who has now turned 18, faces a maximum sentence of three years at a reform centre.

The Juvenile Justice Board on Thursday deferred its verdict on the minor accused in the December 16 Delhi gangrape incident. According to reports, the board postponed the verdict till August 5.

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The accused, who has now turned 18, was 17 when the crime was committed, and is therefore being tried in the case as a minor, facing a maximum sentence of three years at a reform centre.

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The 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.

During the inquiry, the juvenile had denied all charges against him, claiming that he was not a participant in the horrendous crime.

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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.

Four of the other defendants are being tried in a special fast-track court in New Delhi and face the death penalty. The sixth accused was found dead in his jail cell in March.

On December 16, a paramedical student was gangraped and brutally assaulted inside a moving bus in the national capital, following which she succumbed to her injuries after battling for her life for over 12 days. The case had sparked intense debate on anti-rape laws and whether juvenile age should be lowered.

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