SC refuses to reduce age for trying juveniles

Last Updated: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 10:20 hrs

The Supreme Court has rejected a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that sought amendment to Juvenile Justice Act for lowering the age for trial of a juvenile accused.

The PIL sought that the age of a juvenile accused in rape and murder cases to be lowered from 18 to 16 years.

However, the Supreme Court has upheld the Juvenile Justice Act and said the accused under the age of 18 will continue to be tried by the juvenile board.

Backing the verdict, lawyer Amod Kanth said the ruling was right.

He said that there are less cases in India compared to the United States where children below the age of 18 years are involved in rape and murder cases.

The PIL was filed following the gang-rape and murder of a medical student in Delhi last year.

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