Dec 16 juvenile convict trained as tailor, may get Rs 10k for new life

An amount of Rs 10,000 has been recommended for the juvenile convict in the December 16, 2012 gang rape case, so that he can lead “a new life” as a tailor when he is released on Sunday.

A management committee headed by the district child protection officer (District Child Protection Unit), set up as per the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Rules, had prepared a ‘post release plan’ with respect to the juvenile convicts that was submitted to the Delhi high court.

As per the plan, the management committee had recommended that, “the juvenile should lead a new life with a new identity provided by the appropriate government as applicable in his case if permissible to avoid any backlash or violent reaction”.

The Department of Women and Child Development, Delhi government, had also informed the HC that the convict, who is now about 21 years old, has received regular counseling by experts from the Mental Health Unit.

However, the views of the juvenile convict on his post-release aspirations that were sought by the HC were not presented.

The two-pronged post-release plan said the convict should be handed over to his parents or a close relative in a private arrangement, so that the identities of his parents remain a secret.

The report also said that the convict learnt both cooking and tailoring during his stay at the reform home.

“After detailed discussion in the department, it was felt that cutting and tailoring would be an appropriate vocation for him,” the report said.

The report said the convict would require space for opening a tailoring shop on a rental basis, a sewing machine and other equipment such as scissors, measuring tape and cutting table.

“One-time financial grant of Rs 10,000 by Delhi government appears to be sufficient for giving him support at the initial stage. The department may arrange for some willing NGO to donate a sewing machine,” it said.

As per JJB rules, management committees are formed before the release of juvenile convicts to chart out plans for their rehabilitation and mainstreaming.

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