The Juvenile Justice Board on Monday declared the sixth accused in the Delhi gangrape case as a juvenile, reports said.
The accused will be tried in the case as a minor.
He had submitted his school certificates to prove that he is a juvenile and his school principal earlier said that the date of birth of the accused is June 4, 1995. This makes him 17 years and six months old at the time of the crime.
The Juvenile Justice Board has accepted his school certificates.
Being a minor, the accused can only be tried under the Juvenile Justice Act.
He can be sent to a juvenile remand home for a maximum period of three years for his crime.
On Dec 16, six people gangraped and brutalised a 23-year-old girl with an iron rod on a moving bus in New Delhi. The victim succumbed to her injuries at a Singapore hospital on Dec 29.
The incident triggered nationwide outrage against rising cases of crime against women in India with people pouring into the streets of New Delhi for days and demanding a change of law and strict punishment of the accused.