Gang-rape victim's kin sore over juvenile age decision

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) The Delhi gang-rape victim's family Monday expressed dismay over the Juvenile Justice Board's stand that one of the six accused is a minor, implying that he would not face a maximum penalty of death in trial like the five other accused.

The brother of the gang-rape and murder victim told IANS on phone that his family was not excepting the decision taken by the board.

"It shocked me and my family, the 23-year-old woman's younger brother told IANS.

"I think that the board took the decision in favour of the accused on the ground of his school certificate," he said.

He said that as it was a rarest of the rare case, the board must order for a bone test that could assess the age.

"The board should once think about the brutality of the incident before giving its decision," said the brother of the victim.

Meanwhile, the rape victim's 28-year-old male friend, who was also attacked by the accused in a moving bus Dec 16, 2012, also expressed his anger over the decision taken by the juvenile board.

"We will consult police and authorities to look if something could happen in the case," said father of the male victim.

"My son is not happy with the decision...as one of the accused will not get the proper punishment for his offence," the male victim's father told IANS on phone from Uttar Pradesh.His relative said there was a need to amend the law.

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