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New Delhi: The December 16, 2012, Nirbhaya rape case’s juvenile convict’s stay in an observation home should be extended till all aspects including mental health and post-release rehabilitation plans are considered by the authorities, the government told the Delhi High Court on Monday.

A division bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath was told by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain that several mandatory requirements were missing from post-release rehabilitation plan of the juvenile convict.

The bench reserved its order on Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy’s plea against the release of the “unreformed” juvenile convict. “We will consider and pass order,” said the bench after hearing the arguments of government and Swamy.

“His (juvenile) stay in observation home needs to be extended….,” ASG told the court.

The post-release follow-up action “completely missing” in the report of management committee, constituted as per the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Rules, Jain told the court. He added that the committee’s plan has nothing relating to the mental health status of the juvenile, which is a mandatory requirement under the JJB rules.
Jain told the bench that as per the order of Juvenile Justice Board (JJB), the release of juvenile convict was scheduled for December 20, but “it needs to be extended”.

The juvenile, who was under 18 when arrested for brutal rape and murder of a para-medical student on December 16, 2012, was tried under the Juvenile Justice Act. He was ordered to be kept in a remand home for three years.

The court had earlier sought Intelligence Bureau (IB) report about him having been radicalised, in a sealed cover.

The IB had raised suspicion of the juvenile being radicalised after being shifted with a juvenile apprehended in connection with the Delhi High Court blast case.

Swamy in his plea asked the court to pass an order that “such unreformed juvenile not be released until it is demonstrably assured that he has reformed, ceased to be radicalised and is not a menace to the society”.

A trial court had awarded death penalty to four rapists (of the Nirbhaya rape case) which was upheld by the high court. Out of the six convicts, one was found dead in Tihar Jail and the juvenile was sent to reform home.

The appeals for four convicts are pending before the Supreme Court.(IANS)

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India Turning into a Rape Epidemic-afflicted Country: Tanushree Dutta

India becoming rape epidemic-afflicted nation: Tanushree

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'MeToo Movement' is far bigger than me: Tanushree Dutta.

Tanushree Dutta feels India is turning into a rape epidemic-afflicted country.

“Our great nation India has been slowly and steadily turning into a Rape epidemic afflicted country! The Unnao rape case and the unfoldment of it a horrific reminder of the state of affairs,” the actress said in a statement she issued reacting on the Unnao rape case on Monday.

Taking a dig at the judgemental tendency of people, her statement further reads: “A large portion of news coming out of India is about women and children getting raped, gang-raped, killed by mass female infanticide, burnt for dowry or killed after rape in a brutal gory fashion, or lately goats and dogs getting raped even etc etc.. Like seriously who in their right mind still feels high and mighty about our so-called “sanskaari” culture blah blah blah.. that we tell ourselves to judge the rest of the world that wears shorts and bikinis? There are places in the world where women literally lie down nude on beaches and no rapes or eve-teasing even happens. How are you the “sanskaari” lot then may I ask where women, regardless of whether fully covered or not are attacked rampantly?”

#MeToo, women, sexual harassment
Bollywood actress Tanushree Datta presents a creation by designer Sanjeet Anand at the Bangalore Fashion Week in Bangalore, India. VOA

Urging that the people of India need to have a change in their mentality, the actress added: “The problem then is not the cover but your mentality. Open your eyes and understand the darkness that is drowning this Nation Its ironic that for a population that by and large has got its nose pretty high up in the air about it’s so-called value system; Rapes are an epidemic across urban as well as rural India. Time to perhaps reassess your values? Or maybe tweak them a bit to accommodate compassion?”

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“Rape, depression, drugs and suicide are killing the youth!! Why this rampant decline in human happiness quotient? Have we placed moral, religious and societal values above human values? Then this is the logical end result. Anarchy, pain, suffering and horror! Turn back now people into a state of innocence that you were like as children or a time will come when this darkness will consume everybody in one way or another. There is a need to renew the mind and thought-process of 1.6 billion people. Internal transformation is urgently needed,” she concluded. (IANS)