While a juvenile accused in the December 2012 Delhi gang-rape and murder case was sent to an observation home for three years, parents of Shubham Shirke, who was killed by his friends including two juveniles in March 2012 are still waiting for justice.
The similarity between the Delhi gang-rape and murder case and the Shubham Shirke murder case is that the both the gangs had juvenile members.
Shubham (15), a resident of Adarshnagar in Dighi and a Std X student, was kidnapped and brutally murdered by his former classmate, classmate’s friend and another youth, Amit Nayyar in an isolated area on March 31, 2012.
When contacted, Shubham Shirke’s father Mahadev told dna, “The verdict in the Delhi gang-rape and murder case has come in eight months, but here we are still waiting for justice. Even after a wait for more than a year we have not got justice and we feel that even if the juvenile is found guilty, he will not be given stringent punishment.”
The promises given by the ministers are yet to be fulfilled. “After the death of my son, home minister RR Patil had assured my family that there will be an amendment in the Juvenile Justice Act and my younger son will be given admission to another school. He also said this case will be held speedily, but nothing has happened so far,” Mahadev said.
The Shirke family is also not happy with the quantum of punishment given to Delhi gang-rape and murder juvenile accused. Mahadev said, “Age should not be the criterion while deciding the punishment. Instead of that the brutality of the crime should be the criteria.”
In the Shubham Shirke murder case, two of the juveniles are out on bail out while Nayyar is behind bars and charges have been framed against him in the sessions court. The case is being pleaded by special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.