Anil Thakraney: Let’s go after Mr Juvenile

30 Jan,2013

By Anil Thakraney


Well, it’s pretty clear now that the man/boy who not only participated in the Delhi gang rape but played a key part in the torture will be out on the streets in a few years. Out to commit more heinous crimes. The Juvenile Justice Court has decided to treat his school certificates as gospel truth (the bone ossification test has been rejected), therefore as per the law, there’s no way this chap will get punished under the IPC.


And so, one more ‘Justice for Jessica Lal’ moment has arrived for the Indian media. All journalists and proprietors of media companies will have to get after Mr. Juvenile with jihadic fervour. Now, only intense media scrutiny will put some pressure on the judiciary to follow the spirit of the law, and not its letter, at least in this case. Television debates and news reports have been done. The social media is active. But we need sustained, continuous, 360 degree pressure. Till full justice is done to the unfortunate girl, and till all the six criminals get their just desserts. I am convinced the destiny of this young rapist/killer is now in the hands of the Indian media. People, we have to rise and shine.


And by the way, no, I don’t believe Mr. Juvenile wasn’t old enough to know what he was doing. Here’s what I was up to when I was 17 years plus.


Furiously (but unsuccessfully) pursued a girl in my junior college class.

Dabbled in stocks with my pocket money to earn some quick (albeit tiny) profits.

Took a train ride to Nagpur all by myself for a med entrance exam. And successfully negotiated a deal with a low cost hotel.

Went on a road trip to Jaipur and Ajmer, all by myself.

Had beer with college pals. Many times.

Stole dad’s cigarettes. Many times.

Got involved in a street brawl.

Got an ageing neighbour admitted to a hospital.

Lodged a written complaint against a BEST conductor for refusing to give me change.

Cheated in my chemistry exam.

Cheated in my physics exam.

Screamed at a driver in our residential apartment, because he would habitually ‘eve tease’ the maids.

Argued with a professor at a private tutorial class on his faulty teaching methods.

Learnt to ride a Bajaj scooter.

Had heated discussions with dad on the Partition.


And these few memories are still fresh in the head. Yup, I knew exactly what I was doing, as also the ramifications of those actions. And would have felt enormously insulted if someone called me a ‘juvenile’. Hope the Indian law makers are reading this post.




PS: Speaking of the rape and murder, we simply have to quit this ‘Nirbhaya’, ‘Damini’ and ‘Amanat’ nonsense. Perhaps a PIL needs to be filed in a court for this. We must remember, respect, honour and cherish the girl by her real name. She’s sparked a massive change in this nation, and history needs to record that.


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One response to “Anil Thakraney: Let’s go after Mr Juvenile”

  1. Vera Alvares says:

    Those legal luminaries who appear on TV shows must be feeling the urge to project themselves as upright, LAW-abiding citizens, judging from the way they argue. All that matters to them is the letter.i.e. the written law, in other words book knowledge . What is this ‘spirit’ they want to know. Let us press to supress monsters who qualify as ‘juveniles’ in the books, before this miserable ‘child’ ( a blinkered woman called him child on Arnaab’s show) sends a dangerous message down the nation….