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Keep Juvenile Convicts Under Watch: Maneka Gandhi

Maneka Gandhi writes to home ministry; wants Nirbhaya gang-rape case convict to be put under observation

Published: 02nd December 2015 05:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd December 2015 05:38 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Days before the release of the juvenile convicted in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has asked the home ministry to ensure he is kept under watch.

Official sources said that Maneka had spoken with Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the sidelines of the Union Cabinet meeting last week and asked him to ensure that the juvenile is kept under observation after his release on December 15.

The Intelligence Bureau had reported that the juvenile, who had been lodged at a juvenile welfare home following his conviction, had been indoctrinated into jihadi ideology by a fellow Kashmiri inmate arrested in connection with the Delhi high court blast case.

The IB investigation had revealed that the juvenile was being brain-washed by the Kashmiri to join jihad in Kashmir after his release from the welfare home.

The Intelligence Bureau report had also said the juvenile was scared of returning to his village as he feared for his life because of the gravity of his crime.

The Delhi Police is also mulling whether the juvenile can be booked under the National Security Act.

The parents of the December 16 gang-rape and murder victim had also recently demanded that the face of the juvenile should be shown to the world before he was released as he was a threat to the society.

Maneka Gandhi said she had also written to the home ministry demanding that every person convicted of sexual abuse should be monitored after release.

“You know the issue is not of that particular individual, the point is that I have written to the home ministry saying that there should a tweaking of the law in which every person accused of sexual abuse, who has served time and has come out, should have to report to the police station and he should be monitored,” she said.

The Women and Child Development Minister has also demanded that a registry of sexual offenders be maintained by the government and put in public domain.

Maneka’s demands

■ Every person convicted of sexual abuse should be monitored after release

■ Law should be tweaked so that every person accused of sexual abuse, who has served time and has been released, should have to report to the police station and he should be monitored

■ Government should maintain a registry of sexual offenders and put the same in public domain



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