India Gang-Rape Suspect to Face Just 3 Years
Court declares him a juvenile
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 28, 2013 8:08 AM CST
Policemen are deployed in a district court where the accused in a gang rape of a 23-year-old woman are to be tried, in New Delhi, India, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

(Newser) – A suspect in the fatal gang-rape of a young woman in New Delhi last month was a juvenile at the time of the attack, a court ruled today. A magistrate reportedly announced the decision after going over school documents that showed him to have been born on June 4, 1995—making him about six months short of his 18th birthday when the assault occurred. He'll now face three years in a reform facility, rather than the sentence faced by his fellow adult defendants: death.

Reuters notes that the victim's family is furious, and is demanding a test that the juvenile board deemed unnecessary. "This is wrong. We need the bone test to determine [his] real age, certificates can be forged," says the victim's younger brother. Adds the father, "How can they declare him a minor? Do they not see what they did?"

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Jan 29, 2013 5:16 PM CST
for all the rants against India judicial is not much different from ours. the headlines could have been in the U S. There are social class systems in both nations, and lady justice is not blind, and her scales are not balanced.....dont think so? look at our jails.
Jan 28, 2013 10:02 PM CST
You know what? This is completely out of character for me to say but, F*CK INDIA AND THEIR JUDICIAL SYSTEM!!!! A woman was not only brutally raped but a metal rod was shoved up her vagina and her intestines were pulled out which in turn killed her! If this is the level of value and respect India has for women to let this guy slide by on the technicality of his f*ucking age, I give up on you India, I spit on your system!
Jan 28, 2013 8:06 PM CST
From what I have read about public rage in India if that guy ever attempts to walk around in public - - - - - - - - -