Juvenile Delhi gang rapist to undergo job training

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The juvenile convicted in a 2012 Delhi gang rape case will undergo vocational training after his three-year term in a special home ends, a news report said Thursday.

The rapist, who is now 21 years old, will remain in the custody of a non-governmental organization for the training, NDTV news channel reported, citing police sources.

The juvenile, along with five other men, were convicted for the brutal assault and gang rape of a young woman on a bus in the Indian capital in December 2012. She died of her injuries two weeks after the attack.

The juvenile was a few months short of 18 years at the time of the crime and was sentenced to three years in a reform home, the maximum punishment under India’s Juvenile Justice Act.

He is scheduled to be released mid-December.

Four other convicts have been sentenced to death and a fifth was found dead in prison.

The victim’s parents have repeatedly said they wanted the juvenile to receive harsher punishment and that he should not be released as he remained a threat to society.

“We approached the Home Ministry and the National Human Rights Commission,” the victim’s father Badri Nath Singh told dpa.

“The police said he was the most brutal of the rapists, and he was not even sent to jail and now he will be out. It is neither justice for our daughter nor safe for society,” Singh added.

The sentencing of the juvenile was also seen as too lenient by others, including lawyers and politicians who sought to lower the age limit of the Juvenile Justice Act’s purview for crimes like murder and rape.

The 2012 gang rape sparked mass protests and led to tougher anti-rape laws.

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