New Delhi, May 5: After the Supreme Court Judgement continuing the sentence of capital punishment to the accused in Nirbhaya rape case, the talk about the youngest accused also echoed in the minds of people. The then juvenile who was involved in the horrifying rape case is reportedly working as a cook in an unknown place decided by his caretaker NGO. This person was the fifth one to be involved in the gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapist in December 2012. After this incident which sent shock waves across the nation, the juvenile was taken into custody and sent to a correction home as he was less than 18. (Also Read: Interview with Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi)
The juvenile convict, in these years, took up a new name for himself. The NGO entrusted with his aftercare said they had to keep him miles away from the national capital so that he couldn’t be tracked. The NGO also mapped this route so Afroz could start his life from scratch. It also said that somewhere in the southern coast he learned to cook and took up that job.
The person who granted him the role of a cook has no clue about juvenile’s past and we have been shifting his location so that nobody cracks him down, told an NGO official to news agency PTI. The official, who was present during the proceedings at the Juvenile Justice Board that tried him, held the media responsible for projecting a bestial image of the then teenager without any basis.
A Juvenile Justice Board report had observed in 2013 that the underage boy in 2012 though was found to be involved in Nirbhaya case but there is no evidence that he was the most brutal of all 6. As per the NGO, he landed up by “mere chance” in the moving bus in which the woman was raped.
“Actually he had worked for Ram Singh for some time and the latter owed him Rs 8000. And the boy was consistently asking for his money back. That fateful night he had gone there to collect his money and became a part of the crime,” said NGO official. As per Hindustan Times, Afroz’s native place is 240 km away from New Delhi. Back home his elder sister looks after the family which has 6 members.
The Supreme Court of India on Friday upheld the death sentence to four accused in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case. The four are Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Singh. There was another one involved Ram Singh. In 2013, Ram took his own life by hanging himself in Tihar jail, New Delhi.
(With Agency Inputs)