SC to review definition of juvenile

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 04, 2013 19:08 hrs

In the wake of the recent Delhi gangrape incident, the Supreme Court on Monday decided to review the definition of juvenile in the Juvenile Justice Act.

"The Apex Court´s move came after a plea was filed asking for review of the age limit used to define juveniles," India Today reported.

"The Attorney General will assist the court in reviewing the Juvenile Act," the report said.

The case will be next heard on Apr 3.

The move gained significance in the wake of the Delhi gangrape incident that triggered nationwide outrage against rising cases of crime against women in India.

The Juvenile Justice Board on Jan 28 declared the sixth accused in the Delhi gangrape case as a juvenile.

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 made him 17 years and six months old at the time of the crime.

The Juvenile Justice Board had 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.

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