NEW DELHI: The family of a six-year-old girl in Delhi who was brutally raped and murdered five years ago is in a state of horror as the man responsible for the heinous crime against their daughter is now threatening to do the same to their second daughter, TOI reports.
Out of prison after serving a five-year term for the crime, the criminal was arrested in 2007 for the rape and murder of the minor and later sentenced to death by a trial court. However, being a juvenile at the time of the crime, he walked away with only a meagre five-year jail sentence. The High Court, which ruled in his favour, had declared him a "juvenile in conflict with law".
The victim's family which hitherto had to live with the grief of their late daughter's murder after she was brutally raped, now also has to worry about their security. As a result, they complained to the local police about his threats and intimidating ways. They fear that the killer, who stays a stone's throw away from their house north Delhi's Rohini area, might again repeat the atrocious crime. A case of criminal intimidation and criminal trespass was then lodged by the police against him but he was soon out on bail.
The family of the man, on the other hand, insists that he had not committed any crime. They have been recently concerned about his mental condition as they claim he has behaving weirdly since his return from the jail. Sudden disappearance from home and a suicide attempt by him have compounded their worries.
The Delhi police, through a special leave petition, plan to push for reforms in the Juvenile Justice Act (JJ Act) before the Supreme Court which will ensure dangerous criminals like the minor's rapist do not walk away with a lighter punishment.