The Justice Verma Report does not address the most important issue: if the victim of rape is killed by the criminals, the crime must be seen as more serious and gvven the laxity in proscecution, death penalty seems to be the most appropriate penalty. Giving preferential treatment to juveniles on the ground of age is again rather undesirable.
The crime resulted in the death of an innocent person, apart from the fact that the person is brutally raped. A murder of this kind warrants at a minimum death to the perpetrators.
As for the 'minor', even if he is proved a minor age-wise, he did not do a child's crime. He committed a brutal adult crime and that too is singularly charged with the most violent aspects of this rape and murder. There is nothing childlike or 'minor' about this person's actions.
This 'minor' SHOULD BE hanged, and he should be hanged first.
Death is a one time pain..especially when you hang a person it just takes approximately 5 seconds for the carotid arteries to get blocked which results in reduced blood flow to the brain ...and the person expires within another 10 seconds. So all in all around 15 sec a person gets killed.
If the person is made to suffer lifelong in solitary confinement...thats a punishment far more deadly than death. Thats exactly the Verma commission has suggested.