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Delhi rape: Swamy's plea on minor rejected

Posted on Jan 24, 06:53PM | IBNS

The Juvenile Justice Board on Thursday dismissed Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy's plea to consider the sixth accused in the Delhi gangrape incident as an adult.

"Juvenile Court dismisses my Application. Like in EVMs I will appeal to higher courts. Can't let butcher escape," Swamy tweeted.

The Juvenile Justice Board on Wednesday had reserved its order on Swamy's plea till Thursday.

"Swamy, in his plea had pointed to the discrepancies between the Juvenile Justice Act and the Indian Penal Code," CNN-IBN reported.

"The Juvenile Act terms those above 18 as adults, while the Penal Code says its 12. In a separate plea, Swamy has also asked that he be allowed to intervene in the case, " the news channel said.

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday did not entertain the Janata Party president's plea.

The sixth accused, who raped and fatally injured the medical student on a moving bus before throwing her off on the streets of Delhi on the night of Dec 16, claimed to be a minor and his case is being heard by the Juvenile Justice Board here.

On Dec 16, the six gangraped and brutalised the 23-year-old girl with an iron rod on a moving bus. The victim succumbed to her injuries at a Singapore hospital on Dec 29.

The incident triggered nationwide outrage against rising cases of rape and brutalization of women in India with people pouring into the streets of New Delhi for days and demanding a change of law and strict punishment of the accused.