His birth certificate and school documents say he was 17 years and 6 months old when he kidnapped, assaulted, robbed, raped and murdered 23 year old Jyoti Singh in a moving bus with six others in South Delhi on a cold winter night of December 16, 2012. He was tried separately in a juvenile court and will be released on December 20, 2015. He is 20 years old now.

You don’t know who he is

A young man convicted of rape and murder you can’t even fathom, will be set free and start a new life as a tailor with money you paid as tax for the country’s betterment. A young man who bore hole into Jyoti with an iron rod, whose face you haven’t seen will roam amongst you in a few days. You have no idea who he is.

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He has no regrets

The juvenile has served the maximum detention period of 3 years under the Juvenile Justice Act but Intelligence Bureau has its doubts. They believe the juvenile has been radicalised during his stay, when he came in contact with another underage criminal from the 2011 Delhi high court blast. The Centre is not confident about his mental condition and wants to extend his detention.

The Quint spoke to the juvie’s counsellor:

There was no regret on his face when I first met him after he was arrested. Nor is there any today. I didn’t have to grill him to make him confess his crime. He told me in detail about his role in the crime. He told me that he convinced Nirbhaya and her friend to board the bus and later about how the crime was committed by all five of them. He also told me that before Nirbhaya boarded the bus, he had tried to convince another girl who was alone, but that failed when she hailed an auto. – Counsellor

Against the release

Former cabinet minister and politician, Subramanian Swamy petitioned against the release – said, the juvenile is the most brutal of 6-member rape group.

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Due to reasons of poverty and rehabilitation, he will be granted a one-time Rs 10,000 and a sewing machine to set up a tailor shop. According to the Ministry of Women and Child Development, the parents and relatives of the boy will be brought to Delhi in an absolute confidential manner in a private taxi with WCD officials. All expenses will be handled by the government.

Nirbhaya’s parents feel that the juvenile’s release will be sending out a wrong message to the country and especially the youth.

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Additional solicitor general of WCD, Sanjay Jain has also requested the court to extend the release date. He has also asked for explanation regarding the ‘post-release plan’. Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas said, “He will pose a danger to the society as he will be living among us. No one has seen his face and now, one doesn’t know who would be his next victim.”

Will a piece of paper and a promise of “good behaviour” stop another heinous crime? Will a faceless criminal however “immature” he maybe, stop after 3 years of detention? Will you and your family sleep well and walk free after the juvenile walks free on December 20?

Nirbhaya juvenile to walk FREE unless the Delhi High Court intervenes. Will you just sit and wait?

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