Bill in India seeks to try juveniles as adults for heinous acts

  • The union cabinet of India has approved a bill that allows minors above the age of 16 to be tried as adults for serious crimes such as rape and murder.

    This paves the way for more stringent punishments for juveniles.

    Calls for stricter punishment gathered momentum after one of those convicted in the horrific 2012 Delhi gang rape and murder was a 17-year-old. Currently, such convicts can get a maximum of three years in jail, irrespective of the nature of crime.

    However, in the new bill, juveniles who are convicted in adult courts will be spared capital punishment or life sentences.  


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