Injustice to Nirbhaya: Most brutal rapist gets away with only 3 years in jail
The juvenile accused, who was allegedly the most brutal in the Delhi gang rape case was found guilty by the Juvenile Justice Board. Six months after committing the heinous crime, he has been convicted on the charges of rape and murder and was awarded three years of imprisonment, the maximum sentence under the juvenile law.
Nirbhaya's mother while calling it injustice to her deceased daughter, has demanded more severe punishment to the juvenile culprit. There were also hundreds of people present outside the court when the sentence was pronounced. They also protested against the verdict and demanded capital punishment for the juvenile culprit.
Reacting over the judgment by the juvenile court, law experts have to say that even if someone appeals against this decision in a higher court, the maximum sentence cannot not be increased as it is there in the law that irrespective of the nature of crime committed, a juvenile culprit will get a maximum sentence of three years.
The juvenile culprit in Nirbhaya's case has already served one year in jail, so after two years he will walkout free. Nirbhaya's case had sparked a debate as to whether the juvenile age bar should be reduced from 18 to 16 years.
On 16 December 2012, the juvenile culprit had offered lift to the 23-year old paramedical student and her male friend in a bus. Inside the bus, he along with five others brutally raped the girl. According to the police he was the one who raped the girl twice and harmed her with a rod.