The juvenile convicted in the brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old female physiotherapy intern on December 16, 2012, may be set free a week before his three-year sentence that ends this December, The Hindustan Times reports. This could be to keep the boy away from the media and public attention.
The government and the accused also fear that he may be “lynched” soon after leaving the juvenile home.
“For his safety, we plan to release him a week in advance,” the English daily quoted a senior government official as saying. He is scheduled to be released on December 15.
However, the Delhi government would need to get clearance from Juvenile Justice Board for his early release.
The juvenile, a native of Uttar Pradesh and now a young man of 20, will be handed over to his mother, in a videographed event outside the Majnu Ka Tila shelter home. The authorities will give his family Rs 20,000 and escort them to an undisclosed location.
The Indian Intelligence Bureau would also be kept in loop with regards to the boy’s release on the suspicion that he being radicalised by his cell mate, a Kashmiri youth involved in the Delhi High Court blast in 2011. The juvenile has now turned religious and reads namaz five times a day.
The Nirbhaya gangrape case in 2012 had triggered massive protests across the nation, forcing the government to introduce stricter laws and better safety measures for women.
Five others who were also convicted for the crime, were sentenced to death and have appealed to the higher court for mercy.
One of them was later found dead in his Tihar Jail cell in a suspected suicide.