The juvenile convict in the December 16 gangrape and murder case is likely to walk free on December 20. The Delhi High Court has reserved its order on releasing the juvenile after the Centre asked for an extension of his stay till the time all the missing aspects in the post-release plan are taken into account.
Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said, “Anybody with a criminal past in sexual offences should be kept under observation and has to be watched/looked by police.”
He will be released unless the Delhi high court intervenes in support of the Centre’s concerns, expressed through a secret Intelligence Bureau assessment that claimed he had been radicalised.
On Monday, the Delhi government’s department of women and child development (WCD) unveiled a rehabilitation plan for the juvenile – who is over 20 years now – under which it will give him a one-time financial grant of Rs 10,000 and arrange for a sewing machine so that he can rent a tailoring shop.