‘Youth accused of raping a minor was an adult’
Lucknow: Eight years after a youth allegedly raped a minor girl, the Juvenile Justice Board here has finally declared that he was an adult at the time of the incident.
The board, in its decision on Tuesday, said that on the basis of his first school record, Gaurav Shukla, the prime accused in Ashiyana rape case, was not a juvenile at the time of the incident, board sources said.
Following juvenile board's decision, the case would move to sessions court for trial from January 21, they said.
The case dates back to May 2, 2005, when a minor girl was allegedly abducted, tortured and gang raped by six car-bourne youths in Ashiyana area.
Six persons, including Gaurav, were later arrested by police. Two of them were convicted in 2007 and sent to jail while two other died in a road accident and one is undergoing final trial.
In October 2005, the juvenile justice board declared Gaurav, reportedly the nephew of an SP leader, as juvenile.
The decision was challenged by the victim's father in the sessions court, which in April 2010 set aside the board's order and directed it to decide the age issue on the basis of documents.
Based on documents, the board ruled that Gaurav's date of birth was March 14, 1987 and thus he was an adult at the time of the incident.