Delhi gang rape: SC moved for mental test of juvenile accused

January 19, 2013 - 5:23:57 am


New Delhi: The Supreme Court yesterday issued a notice to the central government on a petition seeking that the juvenile accused in the Delhi gang rape case be kept in special custody if he was a psychopath and a threat to society and women.

A bench of Justice K S Radhakrishnan and Justice Dipak Misra issued the notice.

The petitioner — Delhi-based Shilpa Arora Sharma — has pleaded for the appointment of a panel of national and international criminal psychologists to examine the juvenile accused to determine whether he was psychologically abnormal and a threat to society and women if allowed to go free.

It sought that if the juvenile accused was found to be so, he should not be released and kept in detention as such a person posed a grave danger to society, especially women.

The petitioner has also urged the court to strike down Section 16 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of children) Act, 2000, under which the juvenile accused would get released without punishment despite the “grisly act” committed by him.

The petition has also sought investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation to determine the age of the juvenile accused. Such an inquiry, the petition said should not be limited to examining the school documents but detailed enquiry at the place of his birth and birth records.