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Nirbhaya rape case convicted juvenile will walk free on Sunday
The juvenile convict of the 2012 Delhi Nirbhaya gang-rape case will be a free man on Sunday as the Delhi High Court on Friday refused to pass any directive for extension of his three-year stay in a reforms home.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy asked the court not to release the convict as he had been "radicalised". The court while appreciating Swamy's points issued notices to the central and Delhi governments in the matter. The next date of hearing on the matter has been fixed for March 28.

Both parents of Nirbhaya aka Jyoti Singh, the girl who was brutally assaulted on the night of December 16, 2012 were present in the court while the hearing was on. Narbhaya's mother broke down after the court announced its decision to let the juvenile walk free. Nirbhaya's mother said outside the court, "Even after all our efforts , the juvenile convict will be released."

Swamy in his petition had called the juvenile who is almost 20 years old now an "animal" and said that it was dangerous to release him. He also said that there should be provisions in law to deal with offences of such serious nature.

The juvenile, who was arrested after the brutal rape and murder of the paramedic student was 17 years and a few months old in 2012 and was tried under the Juvenile Justice Act. He was ordered to be kept in a remand home for three years.

The intelligence bureau suspects that the juvenile has been radicalised as he was shifted along with a minor who had been arrested in connection with the Delhi High Court blast case.

Out of the six who were convicted in the case, one committed suicide inside the Tihar jail, while this juvenile was sent to a reform home. Rest of the four convicts have been handed death penalty by the High court and their appeals are pending before the Supreme Court. 

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