NEW DELHI, March 28 (Xinhua) -- India's Supreme Court Friday ruled that a minor convict in the Delhi gangrape case can't be tried as an adult now.
A two-judge bench said that the convict, who was a minor in December 2012 when he along with five others had brutally and fatally gangraped a 23-year-old medical student on a moving bus in the national capital in front of her boyfriend, "cannot be tried as an adult."
The apex court's order came in the wake of a plea by the parents of the victim that the minor -- now an adult -- be tried under the law meant for majors.
While a juvenile court had last year convicted the then minor for the heinous crime and asked him to undergo three years in a reform facility, the maximum punishment for an underage convict, an Indian fast-track court also found the other five guilty and sentenced four of them to death.
The fifth and the main convict, Ram Singh, had committed suicide during the course of the trial in his prison cell at the high-security Tihar Jail in the national capital.
The case had sparked nationwide protests against the growing sexual assaults on women, and forced the Indian government to bring in stricter laws for sexual offenders.