New Delhi: The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) on Thursday found the minor accused of December 16 Delhi gang-rape case as guilty and reserved its verdict till July 25. The Juvenile Justice Board had to pronounce its verdict on whether the minor would be tried as an adult or a juvenile for his crime.

Earlier, the JJB presided over by Principal Magistrate Geetanjali Goel had concluded on July 5 its inquiry which started in March against the juvenile accused, who was, according to the police, the ‘most brutal’ among all the six accused persons during assault on the victim.    

During the inquiry, the juvenile had denied all charges against him, claiming that he was not a participant in the horrendous crime.

An Uttar Pradesh native who had moved to Delhi when he was 11 years old and took up menial jobs, he was one of the six accused arrested in the case.

While the juvenile faced inquiry before the JJB, the four adult accused are being tried before a fast track court. Key accused Ram Singh was found hanging in Tihar Jail in March and the proceedings against him stand abated.

The case had sparked intense debate on anti-rape laws and whether juvenile age should be lowered.

(JPN)

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