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Juvenile gets 3 years in Delhi gangrape case

    Bindu Shajan Perappadan
    Nirnimesh Kumar
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18-year-old accused in the fatal gangrape of a woman on a Delhi bus at the Juvenile Justice Board, in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena
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18-year-old accused in the fatal gangrape of a woman on a Delhi bus at the Juvenile Justice Board, in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

"We have been fooled," says victim's mother

Nearly nine months after the gang rape and fatal assault on a 23-year-old physiotherapy student on a moving bus by six persons in the Capital, the Juvenile Justice Board on Saturday held the juvenile among them guilty and sent him to a correctional home for three years.

He has been found guilty of rape and murder. The Board awarded him the maximum punishment provided in the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.

However, he will not remain in the facility for the entire term as his stay there since his arrest in December will also been taken into account.

Speaking to the media outside the JJB office, the victim’s parents expressed their deep anguish and shock at the “unfair” sentencing. “This juvenile was the most brutal of the attackers. The verdict has broken our spirit. We feel cheated.”

In fact, a small group of protesters gathered outside the JJB office, shouted slogans and demanded that the juvenile delinquent be hanged.

The prosecution also said he was the most brutal of the six offenders. The juvenile, who at the time of the incident was a few months short of 18 years, has been held guilty of taking part in the gang rape, assault and murder.

Speaking to the media, chief investigation officer Anil Sharma said: “The juvenile delinquent has been convicted of rape and murder and sentenced to three years in a correctional home, subject to review.”

The brutal crime that left the victim with extensive injuries and caused her death two weeks thereafter, evoked wide-scale public protests with people coming out on the streets to demand ‘exemplary’ punishment to the perpetrators.

Metal bars had been used to inflict massive internal injuries on her, while her male companion was beaten up. The two were later dumped on the roadside, from where they were rescued by the police and taken to Safdarjung Hospital. After a few days stay there, the critically injured girl was shifted to a Singapore hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.

Four other accused in the case are being tried in a special fast-track court in New Delhi and they face the death penalty. The sixth accused was found dead in his jail cell in March. The fast-track court is expected to hand down its verdict in September.

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Why are we people not reforming the law and Why are we people so slow in this reforming process.Reforms must be done in such a way as we did the preventive maintenance work (servicing) of our cars, otherwise they'll wear out with the time.
Any type of assault to women can not be tolerated .So this is my humble request to all lawmakers" please act proactively".

from:  Eesh Mishra
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 09:59 IST

A person who can brutally rape a girl and kill her with his devil deeds cannot be a Juvenile... The verdict is actually unfair... If this is an exemplary verdict ... Then it is an example of how easy it is to set free after ruining, exploiting, beating n after that killing a girl. Are we girls so helpless... Is the govt so irresponsible.... Is our so called constitution & so called law so weak..... Such a shame!!!!!!

from:  Swati
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 03:32 IST

Shocking judgement....we have lost faith in the judicial system of our country.

from:  ckricho
Posted on: Sep 2, 2013 at 15:51 IST

A very bad judgement.

from:  Arvindhakshan
Posted on: Sep 2, 2013 at 12:36 IST

The existing law Juvenile justice Act should be invoked to protect juveniles from
severe punishments for crimes committed under justifiable compelling
circumstances and some minor crimes which do not involve murders or any kind of
loss of life.The corrective and reformative law should be used to ensure
reintegration of the juvenile delinquents at later stage...BUT there is urgent need
for a separate legal provision to punish anti social and cruel juveniles who commit
crimes of rape ,murder,robbery etc.because the so called juveniles MUST BE aware
of the consequences of crimes they commit which they would face
afterwards.....Indian judicial system should make use of provisions under IPC TO
HEINOUS CRIMES...."I hope that the ongoing crimes by JUVENILES WOULD COMPELL

from:  vivek kumar pandey
Posted on: Sep 2, 2013 at 10:50 IST

i don't know that why this decision has been taken up by the
he was the worst culprit of that gang rape but punishment is for 3
yaers only!!!!!!! why? why? why? what we girls should do.........we
are not safe in our own country....!!!! and even government is not
cooperating with us. no. of people created outrages but what happen
atlast......result was in favour of us??? no, they forget......that
hard cold which people were on strike at india gate and
government was sitting in their blower set rooms. this is one of the
reason that india is the place to live in..??? is india is really
developing?? is india is a democratic country?? nothing india is just
running on god mercy nothing else...god know what will happen in the
coming days........

from:  supriya pandey
Posted on: Sep 2, 2013 at 00:39 IST

how can it be assured that after 3 years the Juvenile will be reformed
to a person who wont be a threat to our society? hope this verdict wont be
a trouble for a women in near future.

from:  Priyanka Singh
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 21:54 IST

This is really ridiculous.... Being a minor the criminal has comitted a brutal crime
So he shouldn't be dealt with Iron fist not with soft hands............

from:  Rosalin
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 21:08 IST

If this punishment is the highest to be awarded for a juvenile then it is really a matter to be taken up immediately to amend the juvenile act and make it more stringent to stop these atrocities.

from:  Sraavanthi
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 20:27 IST

Juvenile should not live in this world. We need to send him back to god for reforming. As GOD only can reform him.

from:  vijay
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 17:33 IST

Justice to the victim is denied here due to the law. If a person below 18 is protected after doing such a crime because he is a minor, then what about a drunkard committing a crime when he is out of consciousness?

from:  Shahul
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 16:02 IST

I have no comment on the verdict, but I am in the opinion that,this verdict should be debated.

I personally believe that convicted Juvenile's parents should be prosecuted. We can not deny their failure to raise their child as good citizen.

from:  Jamshid Thalassery
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 15:52 IST

Unfortunate Judgment from the court. Hope people will handle him when he comes out after 3 years.

from:  Shahul
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 15:42 IST

If a juvenile acts like an adult, then he should be treated as an adult and punished as such. Not all people mature at the same age, and law must be flexible to take this into account. He should have been sentenced to life imprisonment at least. Three years is a joke in the name of justice. Really sad over this because if a high profile case like this allows the guilty to walk away free, then when do the low profile victims get any kind of justice?

from:  Ram
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 13:42 IST

Justice delayed is Justice Denied.

from:  Vishnu Bhaskaran
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 12:01 IST

After being convicted and proved why the rape murderer face was not shown to public. His face should be shown to public.The rules are strange.

from:  Hari
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 11:55 IST

The verdict should really make us think what kind of EXAMPLE are we
trying to set in the nation... Some one brutally raped and murdered,
lost her life and all this criminal gets is 3 years.

This verdict is under no way going to instil fear among the offenders
and is no way going to help.

from:  Nishtha Pandey
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 10:21 IST

As the culprit was minor when attempting the rape, now he has been sent
to a correctional home for three years as he was not yet matured. In
this modern world of current generation, the height of maturity is
calculated by the state of his mind and the work he is doing
irrespective of his age. As the days were gone where the matured level
of a person is known by his age of 18+. Nowadays even an kid of age 1 or
2 years, is exposed to advanced gadgets and internet chatting: so whats
the maturity level of that kid. Why not govt is unable to punish the
rape culprits to death sentence? If a person is found to be guilty of
rape, then his mind is enough matured to do anything.Even these issues
of rape also playing a major role in minimizing the Empowerment of
women as there parents are scared of current generation.

Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 09:56 IST

Less than 18 years age are not worried anymore .. because they may be
involved to rape and murder or any other action of illegal .. after they
can go to correctional home and get free education by Government and
food... Good Verdict .JAYHO .India...

from:  Navab John
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 09:08 IST

This is no proper verdict is Prejudice , because the Judge should check
his masculinity shouldn't check his age ..

from:  Navab John
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 08:54 IST

Recently there has been widespread news coming up of minors raping and
even killing women. This verdict will clear any bit of fear to commit
such heinous crime. They will just get away with a mere minimal
sentence. It is unwise of the judiciary to always go by book and not
consider cases in a more objective and sustainable manner. Shameful!

from:  K S Dash
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 07:41 IST

Don't let him walk on the street.

from:  Jaya
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 05:21 IST

prosecution should appeal the sentence.

from:  san
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 03:47 IST

I am an Indian national and if this is what the judiciary can deliver with the current laws, then provisions should be inserted into the law book to handle situations like this better.

I want that juvenile (who is now an adult) eliminated from my society, where women in my family are free to take public buses or trains without the fear of being raped with an iron rod, and then dying of bruises later.

from:  Tag Traum
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 02:58 IST

The tragedy of the whole brutality is that the man (was) a juvenile when
the crime was committed. As per the Constitution of India "he was
incapable of knowing wrong from right". The sentence given was the only
one that could be given under law. Even if the Constitution was amended
later,unfortunately he could not get a different sentence. TRAGEDY, but
how can the present law enforcers be blamed.
Let us change the law now.

from:  Satya S Issar
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 01:43 IST

three years for rape and murder?

from:  rbockman
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 01:35 IST

This is called FAST TRACK judgement (Nine months!!!!). Our Judicial
systems needs to changed a lot!! otherwise nothing will be done.NOTHING.
Till now no strong bill has been passed against such crime. When such
brutal incident happens then our so called respected Whos Who visited
there, N no of post in FB/Twitter finally All is Well!!! I Love my

from:  Satyajit Bagchi
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 01:24 IST

Juvenile committing crime ( here rape) should have been given minimum 20 years' imprisonment and this harsh punishment would have the right answer to his heinous crime. Now that heinous crime does not invite harsh punishment, crime rate in India will continue to increase. Already, India is regarded as one of the violent countries in the world.In the light of this reality,Crimes of all kinds should attract harsh punishment in India.

Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 01:05 IST

This judgment has taken India 100 years back. When in British rule a police superintendent accused of massacre in jallianwala bagh got away with the punishment of transfer. Then a son of India had to sacrifice his life for giving correct punishment to him. I don't wish any other son of India should sacrifice his life for so called juvenile. When justice is not granted, it increases crime in multiple ways. One is by encouragement to other criminals and other is by asking victims to take vengeance themselves. All those supporting such a weak judgment on the basis of society and child theory, should think more on their logic and try to answer this simple question.

from:  Atul Kumar
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 01:00 IST

He involved brutal crime. Law should not allow this guy to escape with
less punishment. He should be punished to severely.

from:  Selva
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 00:59 IST

A juvenile by age commits a rape cannot be considered as a juvenile considering the seriousness of the crime. He is only a juvenile by age and a highly matured man by thinking and action. It is the crime which is important and not his age. He is involved in a rape and in the death of an innocent person. Did he voluntarily surrender to police after the crime, repenting his mistake? If not, he has done the crime with full knowledge. He is certainly not a juvenile. He should be given death sentence and unfit for any mercy. This will teach a lesson to other juveniles.

from:  vasudevarao
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 00:42 IST

It is really a disgrace to the Juvenile Justice Board to convict the
criminal a peanut punishment of three years’ despite he was convicted
already for committing a robbery on the carpenter from the same bus
prior to the rape of the victim on the fateful night. Further he is
getting credit of eight months already spent in the jail during these
days; Thus he is going to be in the custody at the juvenile home only
for two years and four months. If our justice system is like this,
what way it will act as a deterrent to sexual assaults happening in
our country? Added disgrace… a fresh incident of rape is being
reported in the TV by the time this news has come…………….

from:  Madan Menon Thottasseri
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 00:38 IST

To say that this is a travesty of justice would be an understatement. A terrible and
tragic joke played on the victim, her family, and all of civil society.

from:  Venkatakrishnan
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 00:37 IST

While commenting on the decree of ‘Consensual Sex with girl below age-
18 no crime’, I have quoted on the attitude of Judiciary in Kerala
High Court wherein Justice R.Basant very cleverly used the then minor
victim’s detrimental ‘age factor’ in the Suryanelli Rape Case to the
beneficial acquittal of 35 perpetrators who raped her! The minor is
considered at par with a major here.
Ironically as commented by Subramaniam Swamy, the judgment in respect
of the punishment to the minor who was the main culprit in te Nirbaya
case is not considered as a major! The delinquent who is just short of
few months to reach the attained age- 18 could get the advantage of
the same despite becoming the prime accused and was responsible for
causing heinous attack of the victim with an iron rod.

from:  Madan Menon Thottasseri
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 00:36 IST

Punish according to their crime...not according to age....justice not done to nirbhaya. ..when he is the one whose act of attacking her with rod caused her grievous injuries to her intestine. can he be sent to reform home for 3 years. Harsher punishment should be given to him . What is the guarantee that he will not repeat the crime....can the justice board realise the agony of the mother in losing her girl child in this gruesome way.

from:  Sujatha
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 00:32 IST

This will certainly send a wrong message!!! Time to reform!

from:  Pramod
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 00:31 IST

This light sentence for such a violent and horrific crime will
definitely not be a deterrent for the youth. Punishment purpose should
be a reminder, it should be a strong deterrent. In this case, teenage
youth must be wondering about the light sentence. What kind of message
is this?

from:  Naveed Khan
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 00:30 IST

The verdict has shown us how weak is the constitution is. Seriously the criminal is in front of us and we cant punish him due to lack of law. What all 545 mps do all day around. Make laws...kidding. Truly ho raha bharat nirman. We should adopt some middle east laws like beheading on rape so that henious crimes like this can be controlled.

from:  Ankit
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 00:29 IST

Just like Delhi Gang Rape, this incident too will be faded away from the minds of people. The laws of this country cannot protect its good citizens seeking justice, but will protect and harbor terrorists in the name of human rights. Incredible India....

from:  venu
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 00:24 IST

This is completely Injustice........Have to change the constitution term


from:  Varun
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 00:21 IST

This is a national shame for can be a man juvenile after committing such heinous crime.

from:  Kesari Meena
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 00:16 IST

The judge has ruled based on laws made for humans living in a society that honors them.
Doesn't judge Goel realize that she is dealing with an animal? Did she really look into the
eyes of the parents and deliver this sentence? Isn't there something in IPC that is called
"rarest of the rare"?

These men are animals, and they should be treated like how we treat animals gone wild, say
for example, a rabid dog. We put it to sleep because we don't want others to suffer their
poisonous bite. We don't see if the dog is young or old. The press has reported that the
juvenile was the most violent of all. And all he gets is three years? And he will waltz out of
prison and live happily ever after?

We really need to update the legal system. Right now, it is blind.

from:  Saritha
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 00:04 IST

A juvenile rapist? It is clearly impossible. Isn't it naturally
strange like a batsman getting clean bowled on a wide! It is kind of
cruel to the bereaved family. Except judiciary, the public are all
alone in condemning this pretty ugly rules.

A fixed 18-year rule for defining a juvenile is obviously inadequate
leading to such ludicrous situations. Hence a juvenile can be defined
according to the crime committed. A rape can never be committed by a
juvenile, hence he is not a juvenile.

On the whole it is distressing to see that in India either a child
rapes or gets raped!

from:  S.Gurumanickam
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 00:01 IST

The verdict on juvenile case is truly unfair and disgusting. Mere 3 years of punishment to a rapist for such brutal crime just because he is three month short of being adult raising a big question on our judicial system. Degree of crime he committed should be taken into consideration. Victim's parent must challenge the verdict to Supreme Court.

from:  Abhimanyu
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 23:57 IST

this is unacceptable... we are on wrong track......our society must punish these culprits....

from:  Himanshu Tripathi
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 23:57 IST

feeling ashamed to live in such a society where girl's life has neither value nor security.What's the use of punishing him for just 3 years he doesnt even know when 3 yrs have cum 2 an end(since he will b happily enjoying in jail) .. best thing is to hang that bloody fellow in public so that it would be a lesson to many ppl who will even b afraid 2 look at a girl in that sense..govt should amend some laws as per the change of generation(my sincere suggestion).

from:  shirini
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 23:40 IST is very sad to hear this verdict of the Juvenile court in the
famous Delhi gangrape which an innocent young girl was
assaulted and as a result of which she succumbed to the brutal
injuries...Considering the facts of the case and our
constitution...this judgement seems to be one
has been deprived of his fundamental right to life....and the Court
awards the punishment for its violation..3 yrs imprisonment in
juvenile home lies the difference...Ones life = others liberty
for 3 yrs....SO it suggested to the Law commission of India to kindly
amend the criminal law and make the provision that every case should
be dealt in accordance with the facts of the has to be seen
what is the age of the criminal ...and what is the weightage of the act
committed....AND age should not be should left to the courts
to decide the according to their own moral consience....

Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 23:39 IST

Though,by age,we can call him as a Juvenile, if we really look at the
intensity of the crime he has committed, he is the one who needs to be
sentenced to maximum punishment.

The mental and physical growth of an adolescent today cannot be
compared with those who were in this age a decade back.

Juvenile justice and rules seems to be outdated.
It has to be revisited and culprits should be rewarded with
appropriate conviction in order to prevent the young souls from
attempting such brutal acts.

from:  Soorya
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 23:37 IST

He is not a juvenile but pure evil and should be dealt with extreme prejudice.It's the level of his diabolical action which gives me chill in the spine and whatever sociological and psychological essay humanists produce I am never ready to accept that such brutality can have only external angle.

from:  Manish
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 23:36 IST

This is not at all fair. Only three years... We have already one in
mumbai pretend to be juvenile. Is it a punishment of such a heinous
crime? This proves that victim and victim's family suffer more than
criminel in our society.

from:  Badal
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 23:35 IST

Its not punishment....just kidding with that kid

from:  Chaand
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 23:35 IST

Time has been totally changed.Now a juvenile is not same as it was in
past.It is not the time of 19th century when a child wake up in the
morning,touches the feet of his parents,goes to school with his
father,comes early at home in the evening and goes to bed early.Today a
minor especially in metro cities get up in morning with electronic
devices,goes to school by bike or car and enjoys his night in pub.

So lots of things have been changed then why the same rule for both
type of juvenile? Things need to be changed and change is the law of
nature.As early as rules will be change that will be best for all of

from:  Abhishek
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 23:32 IST

It is really sad day for all indians. Sentiment of all people of country are hurt . Criminal of this crime should be punished strictly so that no body ever try to think do about the crime like this.

from:  Amritpal
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 23:28 IST

Indians, I think this is not the correct thing happening. A person who
is convicted of performing such a brutal act, will be free after 3
year. A person never changes, same way. He will perform it again. as
he has got an easy punishment after doing such a sin. his confidence
will increase in doing it next time.
Women need to be safe. Today, numerous number of women are going out doing
works equivalent to a men. then why don't they are awarded with equal
abilities to protect themselves. the accused should be given much
bitter punishment. Court, this is not done. An equivalent punishment
is needed

from:  Vincent Lal
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 23:13 IST

I have seen examples where people are using people of underage (<18Y)
to perform crimes on their behalf. And lots of boys of underage are
involving in crimes because their age save them. It's time when we
need a big reform in our judiciary.

One thing here our judiciary has definitely gone wrong is they have
taken his birth certificate provided by school as a legitimate one.

This judgement is actually going to promote crime by juveniles.
Because they now know that the max they will get is three years for
any thing they will do.

from:  Anand
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 23:04 IST

some body commiting rape and murder can not be considered as
juvenile.The philosophy behind the concession to juveniles was perhaps
not to ruin a young boys life for some small offences commited for the
first time.Some body who raped an adult and murdered her must be given
the due punishment as per the normal law. There is urgent need to amend
the law with retrospective effect and retry this case.

from:  pkdas
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 22:57 IST

Justice has not been done with the victim . Then what is the use of this
whole system of administration. he raped and murder a innocent lady and
was given only a three year imprisonment . Is this a justice.

from:  bhanu prakash
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 22:56 IST

Dear Principal Magistrate Goel, the verdict is right but the sentence is wrong.
This demon must be hanged with the other incarnations of Satan.

from:  Julietta
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 22:52 IST

How unfortunate... I wonder why bone test is not done on him still like
in Mumbai case.

from:  Amol
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 22:52 IST

Juvenile age limit should be reduced in case of grave crimes. This is pathetic justice. A Juvenile who has the sense of raping a girl in a gang is not a juvenile. In certain cases the age should be ignored. There is only one punishment for rape. Death penalty within 7 days of judgement. No retrials or appeals once proved guilty.

from:  Srikant
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 22:51 IST

Mere technicality should never be a hindrance for getting justice.Indian
law is too soft for perpetrators of such kind of heinous crime .

from:  Arun
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 22:49 IST

After calculating festivals, holidays etc.. it'll come down to 1 or 1 and half year.. so I may ask.. why not set him free.. instead of embarrassing ourselves by saying "" punishment for a rape ""

from:  Ranganadh
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 22:47 IST

If the accused was a 10 year old,this verdict would've probably been
acceptable. But this is no punishment. If any person is capable of such
an inhuman crime,he shouldn't be allowed to live in the society.Even
though he wasn't legally an adult,the fact that he was the most brutal
out of all the accused should account for him being unfit to live in the
society.His inherent brutality doesn't deserve a second chance.Some
things can never be corrected.

from:  deepti koshy
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 22:41 IST

Even after knowing the "JUVENILE" was "CRUELEST"
among ALL Culprit at the time of Crime, the JJB have
awarded only 3 years of sentence.Three years in remand home for
such a abominable crime is greatest injustice on Earth.
Justice has been delayed and it has been completely denied.

from:  Ram
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 22:39 IST

What the minor did to Nirbhaya is extremely tragic.A three year statement by the court in my opinion is not adequate.A minor raping an innocent student indicates how perverted our youths are becoming,quick action should be taken to address the cause of this pervertion and simultaneous these rapists should be brought to justice.Rather than just condemning our present reality,as responsible citizens we should take quick pragmatic actions to prevent such incidences from happening in the future.

from:  Siddharth Arjun
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 22:38 IST

Its hard to understand that , if a person who has committed such a
heinous crime can be juvenile. Looks like our supreme court is making
a mockery of all the women who had suffered because of such a crime.
Juveniles are not mature enough to understand/ or do such crimes,
especially hurting a person with an IRON ROD.
Its a shame to our Judicial system and our Government to give such a verdict
to such crimes. These type of decisions by the court will only
encourage people who want to commit such crimes. A person below age of
18, although his mental state is far more mature than any adult, will
think that doing this type of crime means just 3 years of correctional
home. Good for him as he will get food and clothing without going to
Better for women to move away from here

from:  Shivans
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 22:37 IST

the verdict has given a licence to juveniles to continue doing such
crimes. A culprit cannot be given such a light punishment just because
he was a juvenile at the time of crime. In fact most of the evidence is
that he was the main culprit. he should have been hanged first.
Until and unless we have very harsh punishments for such crimes we will
continue to have these case as seen by the recent mumbai case.

from:  abid suhail khan
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 22:35 IST

Seems like our Juvenile Justice Board is yet to get maturity

from:  Vaibhav Jain
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 22:34 IST

Utter dismay to the nation... Can anyone trust on the judiciary anymore??? God knows on what grounds of ethics and morals it work.

from:  Kundan
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 22:26 IST

Just three years for a crime of that enormity seems no more than a mild rap on his knuckles. It seems that Ms Geetanjali Goel would like the nation to believe that after his release in 2016, he will be a transformed human being and an upright citizen. Whilst Ms. Goel, has every right in her capacity as an individual to nourish that fond hope, to extend it as a judgement does no justice to the victim or any good to society; it simply sets a bad precedent.

from:  Kay Nathan
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 22:24 IST

what the judges will do. They go according to the rules.

from:  m.jagannathan
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 22:17 IST

This make no sense a juvenile with 6 months from 18years can do brutal offence and get excuse by his age. What an explanation he was not matured enough for punishment but matured for committing heinous act. What a democracy if he commit 2 more murders and rapes in this six mnths he is excused again? Laws should be made taking the crime into account along with age... Shameful justice.

from:  Sethu
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 22:16 IST

All we are going to get from this, is yet another hardened criminal, with even less fear of the law than he had a year ago. This is the sad reality that is India!

from:  Sanjeev Madhav
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 22:16 IST

This can't be called justice. This verdict is binded to sentences and ignores wisdom. This is retrograde motion in wisdom, or at least incapability to move forward with more meaningful interpretation of 'words' and 'definitions' under law.

from:  VKT
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 22:15 IST

As usual the judiciary has made a mockery of the public by handing
over just 3 years imprisonment to the animal who subjected the victim
to the most cruel form of torture unheard in the recent years.
Justice should be delivered on the basis of the crime committed and
not on the basis of the age of the criminal. At 17 yrs if he could do
this much , just imagine what the crook will be upto when he is still
older. Our judicial system just let him off with the experience he
gained in the crime.....

from:  Jiggs
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 22:13 IST

Considering the crime in which he was involved in, our society will never ever tolerate him. He is just a dead weight of this country. No wonder the justice system of India is blind-folded!

from:  Sreenivasa
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 22:12 IST

Laws in India are certainly powerless to protect women. The rapist gets away easily but the victim is left to suffer social ostracization! This type of verdict wouldnt help to curb the menace in our society.

from:  Hinna Sadaf Khan
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 21:58 IST

A person who can think of doing such a heinous crime, how can he be considered as a juvenile and will be sentenced with a punishment of merely three years, very disappointing.

from:  Avi Garg
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 21:52 IST

Will the judgement be the same if the victim was a daughter of a high profile businessman / politician ?

from:  Prabakar
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 21:51 IST

Shame ! A person, mature enough to rape a women in "organized" way and making sexual assault is "child" by law of land...Great ! We MUST have exceptions in indian law to treat such animals in adequate way !

from:  Amit
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 21:49 IST

This is definitely not a juvenile. He deserves the maximum punishment. This will just give other cases a convenient way to escape. Looks like the esteemed judges were sleeping or do not understand the gravity of the situation. And all the bleeding heart cases who talk of human rights now can go to hell.

from:  Ram
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 21:47 IST

This is again Justice has lost its confidence among victim of this heinous crime. the prime accused in this crime has been awarded only 3 years of prison because being a juvenile, then who would be taking the responsibility all these juvenile deliberately commits crime and indulge in these activities and enjoys the immunity of being a juvenile.

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 21:45 IST

Now the corrupt politicians may use juveniles to do any criminal activities as the punishments are less. Juveniles could be used for criminal activities as they could be easily tempted. If such juvenile criminals are caught and that too if the crime is proved then only punishments would be given that too light punishments. However, Indian sluggish court system might take a very long time to punish the criminals. A minor should never do any crime. For juvenile criminals the punishments should be the maximum as they are mentally matured to do any hard core crime.

from:  DORAI
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 21:43 IST

Oh my gosh, what a judgement ..the stupid guy clamied as minor is old enough to rape but he is not that old enough to be sentenced...again this guy will come into streets within 3 yrs time and will become good and old enough to do another mischeif.

from:  Goutham
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 21:42 IST

Like everything else, a law needs to stand the test of time.In circumstances like this one our lawmakers need to introduce unambiguous and robust flexibility in Juvenile laws so that truest sense of justice does not fades off.

from:  Atul
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 21:20 IST

What a shame

from:  K. Sinha
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 21:08 IST

Its a very sad news to our society and a wrong massage was delivered by our judiciary system.It will impact the entire generation of so called civilized Indian.

from:  sanjib
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 21:04 IST

Juvenile justice act needs to be amended urgently to accommodate the growing juvenile justice needs and the rising sexual crimes by the so-called juveniles.

from:  Bichu Muttathara
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 20:55 IST

I don't understand why should justice be always seen as revenge and
that punishment be 'on par' with the nature of crime for the
juveniles. I agree that pain of losing a child can only be understood
by the family and they want hard punishment. But we as a society has
to look at the broader question 'why is that young kids are committing
such crimes?'. Lets say , we hang him , then what ? will it deter the
juvenile criminals?.
Now ponder over your life and think about your development as an
adult. Did you ever thought about any law / rule before doing
All this is not in support of anyone. Its for the problem that we need
to solve.
As far as the punishment is concerned , I would rather prefer 5 years
for him doing some work , where he is not tortured but made to realize
the mistake through different means and convert him completely. And 5
years are enough to change anyone i guess , provided you want. Its
easy to kill someone , harder to change.

from:  Nande Singh
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 20:53 IST

Where this India is going.India has seen by cultural heritage,Equality
to women,Women respect.But Where this all gone.A girl was raped brutally
and killed in a running Bus last December.He gets verdict after
9 month with 3 years in jail.He should be Hanged and broadcast in all
television.Then Definitely crime rate will reduce.

from:  suresh
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 20:50 IST

A person with raging hormones who can commit such heinous crime is proclaimed a juvenile!! Incredible India

from:  S Das
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 20:46 IST

A big setback to the bereaved family. Its a kind of a slap on their face. Verdicts like these are the ones that encourage hideous and audacious crimes. Justice has been delayed and it has been denied.

from:  Prashant Raj Pandet
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 20:42 IST

He is jailed 3 years in a cell but after 3 years he will be jailed everywhere?

from:  Karthikeyan
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 20:34 IST

The decision given by juvenile justice board is not at all fair to the
family who lost their girl.... rapist killed her.
Its a slap on indian democratic and Judicial system for being impotent
enough not to protect its citizen and give them protection form
criminals.The decision will encourage more young thugs to rape and kill
our sisters and daughters.
it reflects the obsoleteness of laws,poor thinking for law makers.Its
undigestible the decision. The law and order never protect us even
though we are paying taxes and which forms the salary of all judicial
and police official.

from:  prawin
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 20:31 IST

Truly disgusting.... I'm so very disappointed. The brutality will not be dissipated even a bit in those three years.
He should be treated like a wild animal not a human being.

from:  Charu
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 20:28 IST

This verdict should spur the GOI into legislating immediately a new law or amend the
existing ones so as to distinctly separate the age of the accused and the nature and
magnitude of the crime and punishment should be on a par with what is prescribed by the
law for an adult criminal whose guilt is proved beyond doubt. Otherwise, in today's context,
'juveniles' will be engaged by organised criminal gangs in a cost effective manner, to commit
crimes like house breaking, murder, etc.etc. and we will be helplessly watching the convicts
escaping capital punishments even in the 'rarest of rare cases' on age factor and we will be
leaving the world's dirtiest society to our children and grandchildren. .

from:  Shekar
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 20:22 IST

They are making a mockery. Even after all those demonstrations and media
coverage, all the big guys saying faster processing and say three
years.. This is a iconic case and the verdict is actually make it worse
for india.. what the useless chaps will think even after all these
episodes you get only 3 years.. This is bsss... God save this country!

Certainly this is not a justice to the woman who fought her life to get
the culprits on the court! The court failed...

from:  Amar
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 20:21 IST

Justice is loose ended, punishments must be such on hearing the
judgement and punishments no other person should not attempt to commit
such crimes again; here the punishment is not punishment it is only a
detention and fear will be created on the minds of others on the
punishments.Further others also will take much advantage of this king
of loose ended punishments and argue to obtain similar punishments
only, this justice is not acceptable to the society and justice is not
justice Especially our vote bank politicians get release all such
criminals and further gives opportunity to double such crimes in the

from:  Suresh D.R
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 20:19 IST

There is need to change how our law system interpret juveniles. How can a person who commited such a henious crime be called juvenile. and other thing this guy is need to be ashamed. Why is his face still covered?

from:  Rajeh
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 20:02 IST

time has come people are losing faith in judiciary.judiciary fate is in
qaundry.may we hope there will be revolt like arabspring in this archaic

from:  praveen
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 19:58 IST

The rapist who was quoted as the worst criminal is mature in mind and body to do the heinous act is all to be considered.I am surprised that the judgement given by a woman and a mother!Only God should give this rogue an unnatural death.

from:  bhaskaran
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 19:57 IST

As a nation we protect our politicians too much by spending our
money so they are not aware of the common man's problems and agony.
We provide them pilot car and police escort and they are unaware of
the traffic snarls. We provide them security so they and their
families are safe.We salute them and treat them like god incarnates so
the ego which is already bloated becomes still larger.
They are worried about their vote bank only so they may not care
even if the country is in financial doldrums as long as their pet
MINISTER so they can ditch him and concentrate on the next
elections.once his purpose is served.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 19:55 IST

A law must have deterrent effect on the society whereas JJ Act gives an
opportunity to juvenile to give a chance to crime no matter how heinous
it is. Either our parliament should pass a pragmatic law for such
heinous crime or our judiciary must adopt an innovative mechanism to
deal with such crime.

from:  Sunny
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 19:52 IST

The brutality of the crime clearly indicates the juvenile behaved like an adult, therefore the criminal court system would have been a better jurisdiction than the juvenile justice board. Also, the names of criminals (and victims) should be released, as every civilized country does.

from:  G Thomas
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 19:51 IST

Hang all the rapist and this will give a clear alarm bell, next time
anybody wants to touch a women will think twice.

from:  SENTHIL
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 19:48 IST

This case was not just rape, an incident humiliating the women. Even though he is juvenile he did not get afraid to do it and behaved worse than an adult. Our judges have not put themselves in the shoes of the girl or girl's brother or father or mother or sister. This is like humiliating reproductive system.

from:  marudah
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 19:47 IST

The severity of the crime does not warrant such a light sentence. Its a travesty. He should have been tried as an adult.

from:  Vikran Rao
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 19:46 IST

This is just why the cases of rapes and sexual violence against women don't end.... The accused got off with only 3 years of imprisonment with charges of rape, murder and robbery on his head. And if this was the judgement that was to be given then why did it take so long. The 'Juvenile'.. just six months short of 18 years of age when he raped a heinous in nature that the woman died..
This could have amounted to 'the rarest of rare' cases.. Seriously disappointed..
Sorry Nirbhaya..

from:  Nishtha Shukla
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 19:10 IST

In other countries (like the United States) prosecutor has the option to try a juvenile as an adult in an adult court for particularly heinous crimes like this one. The legislature must amend the law to allow such exceptions. It is a pity that this man got away with murder on a technicality.

from:  Sankar
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 19:04 IST

Just 3 years..!!!!...just because of the accused is juvenile....what a this what he deserved for his crime??? Its totally pathetic...people of india will loose faith in indian jurisdiction!!!!

from:  Kathiresan E
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 18:36 IST

With a very depressing state of mind,I have to write that the
plight will continue like this only.
We, as a common man feel so helpless.
The Supreme court itself had recently ruled out the changes in
Juvenile Justice act(specifically in the age of juvenile).
Where is the Justice then?Where do we sought the justice from?
A 17.5 yrs old ADULT (or juvenile,i must say)will rape a girl
,then spend 3 yrs in recreational home at govt's expenses and
aftr 3 yrs would be a free bird again...Who Guarantees that He
will be reformed??????????

from:  ABHINAV
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 18:35 IST

Dont blame the judge. The statute provides maximum 3 years reformative training for juveniles. Better change the law.

from:  V. Krishna Iyer
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 18:30 IST

By age as per law, probably the convict was short of being recognized to be a major. But the dastardly act of which he was a team member and abetted a crime shows his mind is devilry and age was not deterrent. So why give leniency on account of age. The judgment only proves that democracy is only in counting the heads, not what the head contains.

from:  S. Raghavan
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 18:19 IST

The juvenile law is archaic because it does not consider the mental age of the accused. In the present case the murderer was much advanced than his physical age of 17 & 1/2 years. Feeling distressed for Nirvaya.

from:  Sourabh
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 18:19 IST

May be this is just the beginning.Even if we were to opt for a more harsher punishment to the juvenile offender, the truth is,the brutalisation and snuffing out of innocent Nirbhaya's existence has not shocked and tormented us enough to look deep at the malaise of rape and other forms of crime against women. Recently it was revealed somewhere in the media that in 2013 itself there has been a 200% rise in rapes of women and young girls.

The fact is that the problem is more intense and urgent which also requires societal action and remedy.

from:  Sanjay M Tirdiya
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 18:18 IST

Is this some kind of joke with us? Have you ever heard a 3 or 4 year boys raped someone, No because he does not have these desire. Either he is juvenile or rapist, he can't be both. He is rapist and he must get life sentence for his heinous crime.

from:  pihoo gupta
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 18:11 IST

Rare case of justice delivered within a year. Many rape victims wait for decades to get justice. Why not make all courts fast-track courts. It is stupid to have only some fast-track courts.

from:  seetharaman
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 18:08 IST

this type of case we need to think.....accused is adult or not is not important what he does is not acceptable ......

from:  suryatejaprakash
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 18:04 IST

Now, it will be easier for big criminals to operate through minors.Commit a big fraud by keeping a minor in the front.If convicted ,minor will get maximum juvenile home not exceeding 3 yrs.No wonder when minors can clear IIT and MBBS at the age of 13 yrs,this crime is committed at the age of 17 yrs.Adolescent age in one's life span either uplifts him or ditch him.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 17:58 IST

Congratulations to the Courts and the Juvenile Justice Board.
You have given a clear signal to the citizens of India that the Law will
not protect anyone today.
"Might makes Right" and that is the only way forward.

from:  Spark
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 17:52 IST

What scares me is that now it known to anyone just a little bit younger than 18 the
s/he can commit serious crimes (rape, murder, even bombings) and get away with it
even after proven guilty.

from:  vj
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 17:47 IST

It is a sad commentary on the so-called womenfolk of India who
adorn the Parliament as MPs, legal luminaries, leading filmstars
who uphold the right of women/girl child have remained mute specta-
tors to the problem. They should have taken the initiative to pilot
a bill in Parliament to change the judicial system when the MPs unite themselves against RTI. Eminent women only talk to the gallery and people like Sheila Dikshit, Ambika Soni, Renuka chodhury
Shabana Azmi and others have been mum on the subject. It is only
when it happens to them they will wake up. God save Bharath.

from:  B.Ramaswamy
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 17:42 IST

it is very pity on the justice to make this decision, all the criminal
are criminals and it should be taken in that manner, if this
justification are not changed there will be criminals growing like this.

from:  bilu
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 17:37 IST

This ‘rapist’-Juvenile has been sentenced to three years due to his age, but his crime was proved. The public might have expected harder punishment than mere 3 years jail to him, but it seems that this judgment has taken into consideration other social factors that shape a child as to what he is / he becomes. It is high time the entire society eradicated various factors that produce ‘cruel and barbaric minded’ humans as part of our social fabric! It is said that a child is born in a family, but takes shape as a man in society’. We all want a court to punish criminals, but we also fail to create a system which produces citizens with equal opportunities and life-standard. Let us give call for a new society and system without crime!

from:  A.Kannan
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 17:33 IST

We are very sorry, Nirbhaya. Our justice system failed you miserably. You conveyed loudly to the world that the juvenile accused was the worst offender yet our justice system chose to side with the accused. My heart goes to your family. We are sorry.

from:  Prashant
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 17:31 IST

What next? Provide toys and chocolates to give him proper childhood?

from:  Viswanath
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 17:31 IST

The decision at this point can be a major breakthrough.
Three year sentence must involve with rehabilitation rape is a henious crime and age should not be a factor for remission.

from:  Kundan Malviya
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 17:20 IST

The judgement is sending a wrong precedent to juveniles as far as this
heinous crime is concerned. Short of six months doesn't not negate that
juvenile do not know what they are going to do and what they are doing.
Due to nature of the law and court of law, juvenile escape with lower
punishment but not due to people court.

from:  Sundar
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 17:09 IST

In the latest gang rape in Mumbai also, there was a juvenile involved. This is
becoming a trend as they know, no one can touch them. The only reason Brazil is
called crime capital of the world because most of the crimes are committed by these
so-called juveniles.
The laws should not be demarcated based on a fixed age of 18years. Agreed, that he
can't be punished like Adults, the punishments should be made progressive in nature
from, lets say, age 13. For the same kind of crime, person of age 17 should get more
punishment compared to person with age 14. It's based on the fact that if a person
with higher age is committing crime, he has internalized it more and needs more
time to reform.

from:  Vinci
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 17:09 IST

Hopeless indian law system indirectly encouraging this type of heinous crimes by granting more or less no penality, death penality is minimum for this stupid, is this kind of judgement one expect after revolution in the youth of our country aganist this incident? this juveline should be alienated from the society.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 17:06 IST

This is not justice, he should be punished for committing a brutal
murder. I think the judge has lost his insight.

from:  jose
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 17:02 IST

The victim girl is no more. 3 years only for such a heinous crime. How will crime against women stop at this rate? Truly disgusting. :-(

from:  Shweta
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 17:00 IST

We have forgot the values of life. We are unable to give justified
punishment to a culprit whose heinous assault led to the death of
an innocent daughter of this nation.
We have approached to a juncture where this society and we have
turned into demons who have become sensationless for the pain which
"NIRBHAYA" had suffered.
This is not justice.
We are up bringing a destructive regime which will eat up us all
one day......

from:  tarun rajmani
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 16:54 IST

The Juvenile Justice Rules seriously need to change, seeing the increase in number of crimes and their seriousness by juveniles these days. Just three years cannot be acceptable for being a part of rape and murder even though he is a minor.
What if a person is short of one day from being 18? The parameters for being major or minor need to be debated and must not be only his/her age.
There should be stricter rules for juveniles for heinous crimes like rape or murder as compared to other crimes committed by them. Three years is too low for raping and killing someone. Why cannot our judicial rules implement stricter laws like other nations?

from:  Shan
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 16:52 IST

Shameless Indian justice who consider only of age rather than the brutality of crime

from:  Shailesh patil
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 16:52 IST

These are ancient laws and must be repealed and new Law must be introduced as today 16 Year old know what he/she is doing. The attack and the gang rape finally ended the victim's life and hence, these guys must face death penalty.

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 16:49 IST

the kid deserves more years to get reformed. national sentiments
cannot be condoned of this way.

from:  pearson shatsang
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 16:47 IST

I find it disappointing that his mother is still supporting him. But i can't judge her... she is a mother afterall.

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 16:45 IST

Thats all ? Thats the strength of our law ? Not even able to punish
enough someone who killed an innocent ferociously.This simply suggests
that minors can do heinous crimes and get away with just a slap on their

from:  Vidhi
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 16:31 IST

It is unfare judgement there are lots of evidence now it is unfare just 3year sentance.

from:  Avinash Singh
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 16:28 IST

In the eyes of the law, age is a factor to save the criminal but is not bar to commit the crime.My be the next time people will reinvent the system of spot justice delivery.

from:  Hardev Singh
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 16:21 IST

I dont know when this system will understand . We should have given him minimum of 15 years .

from:  Sam
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 16:15 IST

This guy should be punished more. He should be castrated.

from:  Deepak
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 16:13 IST

This cannot be accepted.

Being a juvenile how can he do such a heinous crime. That means he very cruel in mind.

Expected judgement not by age.

from:  Shankar
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 16:13 IST

Wat if he was minor,he didnt knw wat he was dong?

from:  Manila
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 16:11 IST

Pathetic, if a juvenile can take part in a vile and disgusting thing like gangrape, then he is no longer innocent as a juvenile. They should have tried him as a major, enough of being lax with rapists. They are the worst kind of people.

from:  Nitya
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 16:09 IST

Shame on indian law and judiciary system...its nothing but a hard slap on citizen who remained optimist for damini's justice , that judiciary shall construct some purposive interpretation.

Beast will be free to roam to search for another just three years.

from:  Yogesh Parmar
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 16:08 IST

Many sections of the citizens will be much disappointed with this simple sentence.The time has come to change the very old method of giving punishments and this is will not anyway reduce crime rates.The goverment should enact severe punishments and regulations so that every parents should get some sort of relief while sending their girl children out.

from:  D.S.Soundararajan
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 16:08 IST

3 years imprisonment is what the life of a raped girl costs??, poor
decision. after 3 years he will major and another rape, one year hearing
again 3 years of JAIL..the cycle repeats..
wake up people/court.Time to change the favorable criminal laws. A
judgement with death would have been more appreciated as these guys do
not have any rights to live.

from:  Dattatraya Yalsangiker
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 16:03 IST

Our law is outdated, helpless,,,,,,,,,,, never expected this type of judgement! Its as same as holidaying for 3 years in reform center!

from:  Vipul
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 16:00 IST
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