Gang rape victims' parents want juvenile's face shown

The parents of the heinous 16 December 2012 Delhi gang rape and murder victim have demanded that the face of juvenile convict, who was the "most brutal" of all the six offenders, should be shown to the world before he is released, saying "he is a threat to the society".

The parents of the victim have made representations to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and union home minister Rajnath Singh.

"We have learnt from the media that the juvenile was getting indoctrinated in jihad inside the juvenile home which is a very dangerous thing. Also, he was the most brutal of all the six and he is showing no signs of remorse about what he has done. His release will be a threat to the society. We don't want what has happened with our daughter is repeated," said the father of the woman, adding, "If at all he is to be released, his face should be shown to the world."

The father also stressed that it was important to assess the mentality of the boy before releasing him. "There is a need to assess his mind set to ensure that he does not attack another girl like he had attacked my daughter after being released," he said.

Based on the parents' complaint, the NHRC has issued notices to the Centre and the Delhi government. "They have submitted that such persons are threat to the life and liberty of the common man. There should be a mechanism to keep a strict check on them so that people are not subjected to any risk of being harmed. The complainants have also stated that the rate of recidivism (committing crimes again) is fairly high," said an NHRC statement.

The Commission has asked the chief secretary of the Delhi government to inform it whether any pre-release and post release plan as per Rule 17(3) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Rules, 2007 has been prepared in the case of the juvenile.

Information has been also sought on whether the juvenile has been recently subjected to psychological or psychiatric assessment. The secretary in the ministry of home affairs has also been asked to inform about the action, if any, taken on the representation submitted by the complainants.