Delhi gangrape: The juvenile, at home

JuvenileThe mother of the juvenile at their village in western Uttar Pradesh four days before he was convicted. (IE Photo: Praveen Khanna)

He requested his welfare officers to help him meet his family members—he hadn't met them in five years. He told one official he had lost his mobile phone a year ago because of which he had lost touch with his family... Contrary to news reports that his penniless mother had not met him since his arrest, the official said that around three months ago, she came to see him at the home

The teenager who will forever remain the "juvenile" convict in one of India's most horrific gangrape cases is now a Class III student—the same standard he was in when sent away by his mother to earn a living at the age of six, 10-11 years ago. In a Special Home for Boys in North Delhi, he has spent the eight months since his arrest for the Delhi bus gangrape to learn to read and write. He pores over the Hindi newspaper provided to him, as well as tries to follow the ticker running on the screen in Hindi news channels, though that's a struggle as he is still a slow reader. Now 18, he is particularly interested in news regarding the case.

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On August 31, the day he was sentenced to three years, say officials, he was calm.

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When he was shifted to the observation centre—inside which is the home for boys—a few days after the December 16 gangrape, he came with the reputation of having been the most brutal of the assaulters. (The Delhi Police withdrew this observation prior to the verdict in his case). Amid the national outrage over the gangrape, when the accused were booed and jeered on their way to courtrooms, the "juvenile" was scared, say officials.

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