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Juvenile In Nirbhaya Case To Be Kept In 'Custody' For At Least Another Year

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - DECEMBER 16: Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists take part in a candle march on the second anniversary of the fatal gang-rape at Jantar Mantar on December 16, 2014 in New Delhi, India. On December 16, 2012, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was brutally gang raped and by six men, including a juvenile, in a moving bus. The incident unleashed a wave of public anger over levels of violence against women in the country. (Photo by Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- The juvenile in the Nirbhaya case, now 21 years of age, will not be released for at least another year, reported multiple news outlets. He will instead be kept under watch by an NGO. His sentence was due to end on 22 December.

According to reports, the 21-year-old will receive vocational training in this period. Earlier, Nirbhaya's parents had demanded that the juvenile should not be released, and had even petitioned the home ministry, courts and the National Human Rights Commission. They alleged that he was still a threat to the society.

Union Woman and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi had said earlier this week that she had written to the home ministry demanding that sex offenders be tracked after release.

Earlier, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had issued a notice to Centre and Delhi Government on complaint apprehending threat to society from the juvenile post his release.

The NHRC had taken cognizance of a complaint received from the parents of 'Nirbhaya' who was brutally gang raped and murdered on 16th December, 2012.

Nirbhaya's parents had submitted that such persons are threat to the life and liberty of the common man. The complainants have also stated that the rate of recidivism (committing crimes again) is fairly high.

The convict, who was below 18 at the time of the horrific crime, was sentenced to three years in a reform home.

The punishment was seen by many as disproportionate to the enormity of the crime and spurred demands for changes in the law so teenagers involved in serious crimes can be tried as adults.

Four other convicts have been sentenced to death and a fifth was found dead in prison.

(with agency inputs)

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