The sixth accused in the December 16 brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi will be tried as a juvenile, a special panel ruled on Monday to the dismay of the victim's family, general public, protesters and police. Even the police was expecting that the sixth accused will be declared an adult.
According to the ruling, the sixth accused will face a maximum of three years in prison, if convicted. The police had not formally charged the sixth accused but they were sure he would be declared an adult to be included with other five accused in the same charge sheet.
The ruling has shocked the victim's family, and “Damini's” father has reportedly reacted with disbelief that the sixth accused has been declared a minor despite his brutality and the act.
The panel accepted school records of the sixth accused to declare him juvenile with his date of birth as June 4, 1995 ruling out the bone density test for it.
Here is how people reacted to the ruling on Facebook. "The 6th rapist (who was actually most brutal in Delhi case) is found to be under 18. So under Juvenile Act, he cannot be tried with other co-accused, Should we say that, 'Thank God Kasab was not under 18'. A juvenile who steals a cycle or a rapist should be tried on same lines? Law is blind, as all say, but does it mean that the judges should be blind? Can't they use their discretionary powers?"