A day before his scheduled release, the juvenile convict in the Delhi December 16 gang rape case has been moved out of the correction home and sent to an undisclosed location.
The convict, who is now 20 years old, is said to be facing threat to his life, and several agencies are keeping an eye on the matter, said a source who did not want to be identified.
The convict is likely to walk free from the undisclosed location Sunday in adherence to the existing legal provision, the source said.
Delhi government has submitted a rehabilitation plan for the juvenile convict. As per the plan, a one-time financial grant of Rs 10,000 (US$150) will be given to the youth and a sewing machine will be arranged for him so that he can rent a tailor shop.
The convict along with five others had gangraped and murdered a 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus on December 16, 2012, an incident that shocked the nation and led to protests in the country.
He was sentenced to three years in a reform home ‘Place of Safety’ in north Delhi’s Magazine Road by Juvenile Justice Board, a punishment which drew criticism from several quarters saying it was not adequate and was disproportionate in view of the heinous crime he had committed.
There were demands that he be tried in an adult court.
Meanwhile, some of the residents of his native village Badaun in Uttar Pradesh are not happy with the prospect of his return.
A senior resident Phoolchandra said the rape incident brought much infamy to the village and the country in the eyes of the world. The village youth studying outside are being looked down upon and often denied employment.
However, the poverty-struck family members of the youth are eagerly waiting for his return. They say the youth should be given a chance to repent and start life anew after returning to the village.
The convict’s mother said he should return to the village and help the family to make ends meet.
Her husband is mentally challenged and two daughters work as labor to support the family.
Villagers like Haji Tauseef Raza and few others agreed with her.
They said the youth had learnt a big lesson and should be allowed to start life afresh.
Raza said people of the village would fully support him.