Union Cabinet clears amendment to Juvenile Justice Act
The Union cabinet has approved amendment in the Juvenile Justice Act, which proposes to treat juvenile older than 16 years as adults if involved in heinous crimes such as rape and murder.
Television reports indicate that decision in this regard was taken at the Cabinet meeting held today in the national capital.
The amended bill has the provisions that juvenile convicted for heinous crimes may face a jail term but will not be awarded life sentence or death penalty.
Image: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Ananth Kumar, Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers arrive at PMO to attend the cabinet meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday.