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Nirbhaya case: Juvenile set free, opts to stay with after-care home

Nirbhaya case: Juvenile set free, opts to stay with after-care home - The youngest of six men convicted of brutally raping a para-medical student on a moving bus in Delhi in 2012, was released on Sunday from a correctional home, after the high court said it could not extend his 3-year stay in a reform home.

Protection to the juvenile, now 20, was withdrawn after last-minute efforts by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) failed with the Supreme Court declining an immediate stay on his release as he had served a three-year sentence, the maximum for an underage offender, according to the police.

The juvenile's release triggered condemnation from sections of civil society and the victim's parents, who were detained by the police after sitting on a dharna at India Gate.

On Dec 9, the juvenile was moved out of a correctional home to an NGO-run shelter due to safety concerns. Hours later, the DCW had said it would approach the SC, which is scheduled to hear the plea on Monday.

The juvenile was shifted to the shelter on the order of Juvenile Justice Board and will remain with the NGO for an unspecified period of time as part of his rehabilitation.

His criminal record has been obliterated as per legal provisions and his identity shall not be revealed. The convict escaped the death penalty because he was 17 years and 9 months old at the time of his arrest. 4 of his co-accused are on death row.