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India India Gang Rape Teen Suspect Found Guilty Of Rape, Murder

Jan 7, 2005
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India gang rape teen suspect found guilty of rape, murder

Juvenile court sentenced teen to three years in a reform home

The Associated Press
Posted: Aug 31, 2013 6:56 AM ET
Last Updated: Aug 31, 2013 7:43 AM ET



An Indian juvenile court convicted a teenager of rape and murder Saturday in the first conviction stemming from the December gang rape of a young woman on a moving New Delhi bus.

The defendant, who was 17 at the time of the attack, has been sentenced to three years in a reform home, the maximum sentence he could have faced, his lawyer Rajesh Tewari said. Indian law forbids the publication of his name, though he has since turned 18.

The attack, which left the victim with such extensive internal injuries that she died two weeks later, sparked protests across the country and led to reforms of India's antiquated sexual violence laws. The government, facing immense public pressure, had promised swift justice in the case.

The convicted defendant was one of six people accused of tricking a 23-year-old woman and her male companion into boarding an off-duty bus Dec. 16 after they had seen an afternoon showing of `'Life of Pi" at an upscale shopping mall. Police say the men raped the woman and used a metal bar to inflict massive internal injuries to her. They also beat her male companion. The victims were dumped naked on the roadside, and the woman died from her injuries in a Singapore hospital.

Four of the other defendants are being tried in a special fast track court in New Delhi and face the death penalty. The sixth accused was found dead in his jail cell in March. The court is expected to hand down the rest of the verdicts next month.

Family wants teen to be tried as adult

The convicted defendant was tried as a minor on charges including murder and rape. The time he spent in a juvenile home since he was arrested in December will count as part of his three-year sentence, Tewari said.

The attack set off furious protests across India about the treatment of women in the country and led to an overhaul of sexual assault laws.

The victim's family called for the teenager to be tried as an adult, accusing him of being the most violent of the attackers.

"He should be hanged irrespective of whether he is a juvenile or not. He should be punished for what he did to my daughter," Asha Devi, the mother of the victim, said soon after the verdict was announced.

A government panel set to suggest reforms to sexual assault laws rejected calls to lower the age at which people can be tried as adults from 18 to 16.

On July 17, India's top court also refused to reduce the age of a juvenile from 18 to 16 years. However, it later agreed to hear a new petition seeking to take the "mental and intellectual maturity" of the defendant into account and not just age.

© The Associated Press, 2013
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source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/08/31/india-gang-rape-juvenile-defendant-sentenced.html
 

Ishna

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17 is by far old enough to know right from wrong and I believe he would have known full well what he was doing. He deserves to be tried as an adult. This opens an entire can of worms regarding how to try "underage" criminals. This case is particulary vile though, and it's a shame the court can't take it into account when sentancing the little shi..

I was also surprised to learn that Australia has a similar maximum penalty for rape by minors - three years in a detention centre. This needs to change.
 

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