Suspect in gang rape is juvenile

A juvenile court ruled yesterday that a suspect in the fatal gang rape of a young woman in New Delhi last month was a juvenile at the time of the attack.

A lawyer present in the court said a magistrate of the Juvenile Justice Board announced the decision after going over documents presented to the court by officials of the suspect’s elementary school that indicated that he was under 18 years of age at the time of the Dec 16 attack.

The lawyer said that the suspect’s school documents showed him to be about six months short of his 18th birthday at the time.

The suspect did not possess a birth certificate — a common occurrence in India where many babies are born at home and not in a hospital. In such cases, school records are often used as proof of age or identity.

The suspect, who is not being identified because of his age, could face three years in a reform facility if he is convicted as a juvenile. A conviction as an adult could have led to his execution.

Police say the 23-year-old victim and a male friend boarded the bus after seeing an evening movie. But the bus turned out to be off-duty and was being driven by a group of friends who, police say, attacked the couple and then took turns raping the woman. They also penetrated her repeatedly with a metal bar, causing massive internal injuries. The two were eventually dumped on the roadside. The woman died two weeks later in a Singapore hospital.

Meanwhile, a fast-track court was separately hearing arguments yesterday in the trial of the five men charged with the attack.

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

More in this Section

Boy genius says he will become a doctor when 18

Barack Obama lifts Vietnam’s arms export embargo

QUIRKY WORLD ... ‘Laughing Chewbacca’ feels like she deserves a medal

More than 80 killed, 200 injured in IS attacks


You might also like

Breaking Stories

Sweden refuses to revoke Julian Assange arrest warrant

Round-the-world solar plane back in air after stop at home of Wright Brothers

France using fuel reserves to deal with petrol shortages caused by strikes

Angela Merkel hails 'milestone' measures to integrate Germany's migrants

Lifestyle

The best comfy-but-chic clothes to wear while travelling

Internet forcing filmmakers like Jim Sheridan to adapt

Memories of Jewtown in Cork recalled in poetry collection

Turn off your phone and go to sleep early tonight - you'll thank yourself tomorrow

More From The Irish Examiner