Vicky Nanjappa

With the death of the victim of the Delhi gang rape, the prosecution would now introduce Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (murder) into the chargesheet thus giving them the option of seeking a death penalty for the accused. However the bigger question that needs to be debated is regarding one of the accused who turns 18 in four months. The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children Act) (JJ Act) states that an offence committed by a person below 18 is an act of innocence.
Around 8 years back the act was amended and the age of a juvenile under the law was enhanced from 16 to 18.
When JJ Act was amended the age limit enhanced from 16 to 18, it was said by our law makers, “India, today needs children who can grow up to be responsible citizens of tomorrow.”

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