2 juveniles sent to six-month protective custody for sodomising, attempting to murder minor
New Delhi: Two juveniles have been sent to a six-month protective custody by the Delhi High Court for sodomising and attempting to murder a minor by inserting an iron rod into his private parts.
Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said there was no infirmity in the view taken by the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) and a trial court, and dismissed the petitions of the two juveniles challenging the sentence of sending them to protective custody for six months for their proper rehabilitation.
According to the prosecution, the 15-year-old victim was employed in a bakery owned by the father of the two juvenile accused. In October 2014, one of the juveniles allegedly sodomised the victim and when he complained about it to the brothers of the accused, they inserted an iron rod into his private parts and also threatened to kill him.
Initially, the victim did not disclose the incident to anyone and when he was taken to a doctor, it was claimed to be an accident.
However, the doctor informed the police as he suspected foul play.
A surgery of the victim was conducted at a government hospital here and 58 days after the incident, his mother lodged a police complaint, alleging that he was sexually assaulted and the injury was caused due to the insertion of an iron rod into his private parts.
While the two juveniles were facing proceedings before the JJB, the adult accused are facing trial before a court here.
While one of the juveniles was convicted by the JJB for the offence of sodomy, the other was held guilty for attempting to murder the victim. The high court judge said, "Keeping in view the facts and circumstances as noticed above, I find no infirmity in the view taken by the JJB as well as the appellate (trial) court. I find no merit in the petitions. The petitions are accordingly dismissed."
The high court clarified that it had neither examined the evidence nor returned any finding regarding the ongoing trial of the other adult accused before the sessions court.