The verdicts of the trials against three young men in the murder of a 21-year-old student have raised the question of whether it is poetic justice to charge them with the crime.
In their verdicts, the Juvenile Justice Board of India and a group of lawyers argued that the young men had not committed a crime and had not done anything wrong, but the courts have not agreed with them.
The Juvenile and Criminal Justice Board, a court-appointed body that has no power to sentence people to death, has repeatedly refused to order death sentences in cases of murder.
In the case of the young man’s mother, the accused had allegedly killed her husband in her house.
The woman had filed a case of murder against the accused, but her case was dropped after she was unable to afford bail, the Times of Delhi reported.
In March this year, the Supreme Court had directed the state government to take legal action against the family of the accused.
Justice K.S. Kulkarni, the panel’s member, said it is up to the family to determine if it will appeal against the death sentence.
He said the father’s parents, who have been in custody, have not accepted the court’s verdict.
“They will be allowed to decide how they want to go about it.
It is not up to us to say,” he said.
The accused, all from the village of Kavai in the district of Panchkula, had earlier been arrested for the murder and had been charged under sections of the IPC and sections of POCSO Act.
The men had denied the charges and sought bail, but were turned down by the court in the wake of the arrest of the family members.
The family has been demanding the immediate release of the three accused and their immediate release on bail.