Plea against 'psycho juvenile'

New Delhi, Jan. 18: The Supreme Court today sought the Centre's response to a plea to prevent release of the 23-year old paramedical student's allegedly juvenile rapist as he was a "psychopath" who could pose a serious threat to others.

A bench of Justices K.S. Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra sought replies in four weeks from the home, law and women's ministries on a PIL by Shilpa Arora Sharma, a software engineer from IBM claiming to have done extensive research in criminal psychology and written a novel, Crime Thriller.

The PIL sought setting up of a special medical panel of psychologists to examine the juvenile's mental status, a CBI probe into the claim of juvenility and striking down of a provision in the Juvenile Justice Act granting immunity to such offenders.

The petitioner said the juvenile was the most brutal among the six rapists.

The PIL said there was a wide possibility that the juvenile was a "psychopath/abnormal psychology person. And hence irrespective of his age, he may form a threat to the society if allowed to walk free with undisclosed identity…."


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