Thursday, August 29, 2013

2 rapists look to exploit juvenile justice clause

Cops revisit Shakti Mills, scene of the crime, with the accused

Conflict Over Age Records & Police Claims

Sumitra Deb Roy, Bhavika Jain & Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: Two of the five accused in the Shakti Mills gangrape of a photojournalist could actually be minors and there is a possibility that they could be tried under the relatively lenient Juvenile Justice Act.
    BMC records show that one of the accused is a minor born in 1997, but senior medical officers privy to his age examination said the test reports have “certified him as a major”. Meanwhile, the family of another juvenile said they might move an application under the Right to Information Act for J J Hospital to confirm that their ward is a minor. They claimed that he had turned 17 a fortnight ago, as reported in TOI on August 26.
    Police have maintained that both are 18. They said they were going by earlier cases against the two, but are conducting age tests. If proven juveniles, they would be charged under the Juvenile Justice Act, and if convicted, face a maximum three-year probation in a remand home as against life imprisonment under the regular law.
Gritty survivor leaves hospital The 22-year-old survivor of the gangrape walked out of Jaslok Hospital on Tuesday night with her head held high. Her family had decided that she would not wear a veil. Meanwhile, police took the five arrested accused to Shakti Mills on Wednesday to reconstruct the crime. P 5 

The Times of India, August 29, 2013

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