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Youngest participant in Delhi gang rape free
Youngest participant in Delhi gang rape free

The youngest participant in the violent 2012 Delhi gang rape which lead to the death of the victim was freed [BBC report] from jail Sunday after serving a three year sentence. The rape, on a moving bus, gathered international attention in 2012. A petition to extend the man’s sentence was rejected by a Delhi court on Friday, and India’s highest court will hear another similar plea by the Delhi Commission for Women [official website] on Monday. Protesters have gathered in the capital to demand that the convicted rapist to stay detained. Public outrage has prompted authorities to hand the man to a charity for his safety. He was charged for the rape he participated in with five other men [BBC report]. At the time of his conviction, the rapist was a juvenile and was charged with the maximum sentence allowed by the country for a minor. Although now an adult, due to his age at the time of the crime, his identity has been withheld.

Violence against women has been a persistent issue [JURIST report] throughout the world. In February the UN reported attacks [JURIST report] on young girls for seeking an education in at least 70 countries. In February 2013 the UN’s top women’s rights advocate denounced [JURIST report] violence against women in Egypt after 25 girls were sexually assaulted during a protest in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo. In December 2012 police in New Delhi charged [JURIST report] six men with the murder of a woman who died from injuries sustained in a gang-rape. Also in December 2012 the UN released [JURIST report] a report detailing that women in Afghanistan were suffering from violence as well.