DELHI GANG-RAPE MI­NOR CON­VICT TO STAY AT NGO AF­TER RELEASE

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Avan­tika Me­hta avan­tika.me­hta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: In­stead of head­ing home af­ter com­plet­ing his sen­tence, the ju­ve­nile con­victed in the in­fa­mous De­cem­ber 16 gang rape case has de­cided to spend a year with an NGO to en­sure his safety and get re­ha­bil­i­tated back into so­ci­ety, sources told the Hin­dus­tan Times on Thurs­day.

The move came af­ter months of out­rage by civil so­ci­ety groups and re­ports that the con­vict, now 21 years old, was rad­i­calised in­side the de­ten­tion cen­tre by a fel­low in­mate.

Ac­tivist Amod Kanth stressed the ju­ve­nile would have had to vol­un­tar­ily con­sent to be taken into “af­ter care” by an NGO as he had al­ready served his full sen­tence as per law.

“He [the con­vict] can be as­so­ci­ated with a vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion that has to look af­ter him in or­der to re­ha­bil­i­tate him to be­come so­cially rein­te­grated and help him be­come a good cit­i­zen. Health, coun­selling, eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment for him would be the goals,” Kanth told HT.

The Hin­dus­tan Times had re­ported on Novem­ber 26 that au­thor­i­ties were mulling in­vok­ing the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Act to stop the ju­ve­nile from leav­ing Delhi or go to Srinagar — the na­tive place of the con­vict who in­doc­tri­nated him — as any such move may stoke more trou­ble and communal ten­sions. He was set to be re­leased on De­cem­ber 15.

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