What was the Nirbhaya case?
A 23 year old woman was gang-raped by 6 men in a moving bus on 16 December 2012. 5 of them were adults and were sentenced to death for of rape, murder, unnatural offences and destruction of evidence. However, their execution was stayed by SC.
Juvenile found guilty, sentenced to 3 years
31 Aug 2013
- The juvenile justice board had found the minor guilty in the gang rape of the girl on 16 December 2012.
- He was sentenced to the maximum sentence of 3 years confinement at a reformatory home under the Juvenile Justice Act.
- There were debates that the juvenile should be treated as an adult because he was only a few months short of turning 18.
Lok Sabha amends Juvenile Justice Act
7 May 2015
- The Lok Sabha passed an amendment to the Juvenile Justice Act allowing children in the 16-18 age group to be tried as adults if they commit heinous crimes.
- The trial of the juvenile, whether as an adult or child, would depend upon Juvenile Justice Board's assessment of the child.
- Many members had opposed the bill saying that retribution should not be the policy.
Youngster fears for life upon release
1 Nov 2015
- The juvenile found guilty in the 2012 gang rape case would be released on 15 December 2015.
- He is 21 now and had complete his three-year term at the rehabilitation centre.
- He was reportedly afraid of returning to his village in UP due to the unspeakable crime he committed.
- Though, he is now an adult, but the law prohibits from him being named.
Maneka asks for close watch on Nirbhaya juvenile
3 Nov 2015
- Ahead of the juvenile convict's release in the Nirbhaya gangrape case, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi expressed helplessness in extending his punishment due to the juvenile law.
- She said that she was not sure whether justice was delivered but the law was followed in the case.
- She added that a close watch should be kept on the juvenile in the future.
Nirbhaya's parents knock NHRC's door against juvenile's release
25 Nov 2015
- Nirbhaya's parents have gone to the National Human Rights Commission contending that the juvenile criminal in Nirbhaya case will be a constant threat to the society.
- They said that his tendency to commit crime (recidivism) was still very high.
- The Centre and the Delhi government have received notices by NHRC on the complaint.
- The juvenile is to be released on 15 December 2015.
Extend Nirbhaya juvenile's detention: Centre to HC
14 Dec 2015
- The Centre has asked the Delhi HC to extend the period of detention of the juvenile involved in the December 16 Delhi gang-rape case.
- Currently held in an observation home, he is scheduled to be released on December 20.
- Additional Solicitor General, Sanjay Jain stated that mandatory aspects, including the mental health status of the juvenile were missing from his post-release rehabilitation plan.
Delhi HC dismisses plea to stay juvenile's release
18 Dec 2015
- The Delhi High Court dismissed Subramanian Swamy's plea to stay the release of the juvenile rapist involved in the gang rape of Nirbhaya in 2012.
- The juvenile rapist will be released on 20th December 2015 despite Swamy's claim that he was an 'animal' and a menace to society.
- "We feel cheated. Justice has not been done," said Nirbhaya's parents after the court order.
SC postpones hearing to stop juvenile's release
20 Dec 2015
- The SC declined an emergency hearing by the Delhi Commission for Women to stay the release of the juvenile convicted in the Nirbhaya case.
- The court deferred the hearing to Monday, 21 December.
- DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal said, "The matter has now become sub-judice. I hope that government and the Delhi Police will wait."
- The convict is scheduled to be released today.
Juvenile convict in Nirbhaya case released
20 Dec 2015
- The juvenile convict in the Nirbhaya case was released from the Timarpaur Correctional Home today, after serving his three year sentence.
- According to sources, he is under the custody of a NGO, which along with the Juvenile Justice Board, will oversee his assimilation into society.
- The parents of the victim have opposed the move and are holding a rally at India Gate in protest.
Rajya Sabha to discuss Juvenile Justice Bill
21 Dec 2015
- In response to protests by opposition parties and citizen groups, the government has agreed to discuss the Juvenile Justice Bill in the Rajya Sabha on December 22.
- The move comes after the SC dismissed a plea to stop the release of the juvenile in the Nirbhaya case.
- The bill seeks to try accused between 16-18 years of age as adults in heinous crimes.
Juvenile Justice Bill passed in Rajya Sabha
22 Dec 2015
- The Juvenile Justice Bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha.
- The law will now permit kids between "16-18 years to be tried as adults in heinous crime cases."
- Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi explained that no juvenile offender would be sent to jail directly. Only a psychologist would decide if the offense is committed with an adult-frame-of-mind or 'child-like'.
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