A 17-year-old has struck again. The teenager has allegedly killed another victim, just six months after he was released from a correctional center, where he was doing his time for killing a 13-year-old boy last year.
In a bid to nurture his dream to make a career in dancing, the youth has been accused of targeting a home-alone senior citizen and robbing her of her valuables but not before strangling her to death.
The 65-year-old victim, Mithilesh Jain, a retired Military Engineering Services officer was a resident of south Delhi's B. K. Dutt Colony found dead in her home on Monday. While the police initially thought, she died of natural causes, the family reported money, jewellery and mobile phones were missing. The autopsy report also revealed that she died of strangulation.
As the police pursued a case of homicide, the killer teen was tracked down to his residence in Faridabad, when he switched on one of the victim's phone. The police picked up the accused and recovered the gadgets that he had taken from the victim's house.
The juvenile, a professional dancer, wanted money to get into a popular TV reality dance show. The same obsession of the accused also led to the killing of a 13-year-old boy last September.
The killer teen and his girlfriend, abducted Swapnesh Gupta for ransom. However, Swapnesh was strangled and tossed off a cliff after his father failed to give the ransom of Rs 60,000 as demanded by the juvenile.
Following the crime, the juvenile was detained and sent to a correctional home, from where he was released after two on account of good behaviour.
The latest incident has brought forth the urgency of framing a compressive law to deal with juvenile crimes. There has been a strong demand from various quarters demanding to try juveniles in heinous crimes as adults.
According to the statistics released by the National Crime Records Bureau in 2014, juvenile criminals between 16 and 18 years accounted for more than 60 per cent of the crimes registered against minors in India.
The youngest convict of the Nirbahya gang-rape case walked out of correctional center after serving three years for his crime last year, causing a wide-spread public outrage. The protests led to government passing the landmark Juvenile Justice Bill, which allows the court to try those who are over 16 years as adults in heinous crimes.