December 16th gangrape: Home Ministry may make juvenile sign legal bond promising he will behave

The home ministry is considering asking the juvenile to sign the legal bond under Section 107 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) once he is released, said sources.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: December 11, 2015 9:54 am
A protest against the gangrape convicts. Archive A protest against the gangrape convicts. Archive

The Union Home Ministry may ask the juvenile, held guilty in the December 16 gangrape case, to sign a legal bond assuring good behaviour following his release, said sources.

The juvenile, found guilty of the gang rape and subsequent death of a 23-year-old student in a moving bus in Delhi, is set to be released this month.

Parents of the gangrape victim have voiced their opposition against his release.

The home ministry is considering asking the juvenile to sign the legal bond under Section 107 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) once he is released, said sources.

Under the CrPC section, when an executive magistrate receives information that a person is likely to commit breach of peace or disturb public tranquility or do any wrongful act that may probably occasion a breach of peace or disturb public tranquility, and is of the opinion that there is sufficient ground for proceeding, he may require such person to showcause why he should not be ordered to execute a bond, with or without sureties, for keeping the peace for such period, not exceeding one year, as the Magistrate deems fit.

Proceedings under this section may take place before an executive magistrate, when either the place where the breach of peace or disturbance is apprehended is within his local jurisdiction, or there is within such jurisdiction, a person who is likely to commit a breach of peace or disturb the public tranquility or to do any wrongful act beyond such jurisdiction.

“The home ministry is considering whether this could be a suitable option in the matter, as it would not be legally possible to continue to hold him,” said a source.

The other four men convicted of the gangrape and murder were awarded the death penalty; they are currently awaiting the Supreme Court’s verdict on their appeal against the verdict.

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