At 2.30 pm on Friday when the judge awarded death to all four accused in the December 16 gangrape case,one of the accused wept,policemen outside the courtroom applauded and one of the investigating officers in the case hugged a journalist.
At a special home in North Delhi,the juvenile convict in the case was completely cut-off from the happenings in the Saket court.
At the time when his associates were given death for their barbaric acts on the night of December 16,the juvenile convict was said to be with one of his tutors in his room.
Half an hour later,when an officer went to check on the juvenile,he was watching television. As soon as the officer entered the room,the boy changed the channel and began watching a Hindi movie. Officials of the special home said there was no change in the juveniles routine since Tuesday,when the court convicted the other four accused in case.
Although he had access to a Hindi daily and television in his room,the boy did not speak to anyone about
At 3.15 pm,I went to his room. He changed the channel. I saw him watching a Hindi movie starring Govinda. I thought he would talk about the case but he did not. He has not spoken to anyone about the case. Looking at his behaviour,I wonder if he knows anything at all about the case. But this is not possible as news channels have been beaming the verdict since afternoon, an officer said.
Officials said the caretaker of the house had long interactions with the juvenile over the past few days. But none of them were about the case or those convicted on Tuesday. A psychologist will be meeting the juvenile next week to check if he has signs of depression,the officer said.
The juvenile was convicted in the case on August 31. Because he was a minor at the time of the incident,he was sentenced to threes years in a special home the maximum sentence possible under the juvenile justice system.