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Will juvenile rapists be tried as adults?

shriram | 28th March 2014 | Law And Justice
Will juvenile rapists be tried as adults?

    Between 2012 and 2013 there were 1500 juvenile rapists arrested. Recent rapes involving juveniles including the Delhi gang rape, the Mumbai Shakti Mills gang rape and a recent incident in Guwhati all had under-18s involved. The Women and Child Ministry has now taken the view that young adults in the 16-18 age group shouldn’t be protected by the Juvenile Justice Act.
Most developed nations including the UK, US and France have laws which allow them to treat juveniles who’ve committed horrible crimes as adults.
In India however, irrespective of the nature of the crime, all people under 18 are protected under the Juvenile Justice Act. the Supreme Court rejected petition for lowering the age of juvenility. from a medical and psychological point of view, 16 is an age where a person has reached a level of maturity.
The Juvenile Justice Act looked to end child labour, reform marriageable age and improve the lives of children throughout the country.


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