SC rejects plea to reduce juvenile age from 18 to 16 years

The petition was filed in the context of a minor who was among those who were arrested for the gangrape, brutal assault and torture of a 23-year-old woman in a moving bus in Delhi Dec 16 last year.

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Wednesday upheld the Juvenile Justice Act providing for differential treatment to a minor irrespective of the nature of crime committed by him or her.

The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir upheld the Juvenile Justice Act by declining the prayer that the age in the act should be reduced from 18 to 16 and those involved in heinous crimes should not be treated differently.

The petitioner had also sought that the punishment for heinous crime committed by a minor should not be decided by the Juvenile Justice Board.

Rejecting the petition, Chief Justice Kabir said here was no need to interfere in the matter.

The petition was filed in the context of a minor who was among those who were arrested for the gangrape, brutal assault and torture of a 23-year-old woman in a moving bus in Delhi Dec 16 last year. She later died in a Singapore hospital Dec 29.


The December 16 attack - in which the 23-year-old victim was allegedly beaten, raped and tortured with an iron rod by six people on a moving bus in New Delhi - sent thousands of usually apathetic urban Indians onto the streets to protest over an increase in crimes against women. The woman died from her injuries two weeks later.

The teenager, who was 17 years old at the time of the crime, is being tried by India's Juvenile Justice Board and has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he faces a maximum of three years in juvenile detention.

The maximum punishment he can be given under the Juvenile Justice Act if found guilty is a three-year sentence at a reformatory home.

The gang rape case not only sparked unprecedented protests across cities in India about the security of women - shining a global spotlight on violence against women in the country - but it also triggered demands from some sections of society to lower the age of juvenile offenders to 16 and to try them as adults above that age. (Agencies)

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