Juvenile Board defers verdict till August 31

The Juvenile Justice Board on Monday deferred its judgment on the juvenile accused in the December 16 gangrape case.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 20, 2013 12:49 am

The Juvenile Justice Board on Monday deferred its judgment on the juvenile accused in the December 16 gangrape case.

JJB Principal Magistrate Geetanjali Goel postponed the verdict till August 31 on the grounds that the Supreme Court is set to pronounce its order on the maintainability of a PIL seeking fresh interpretation of the term ‘juvenile’ in the Juvenile Justice Act.

This is the fourth time since July 11 that the pronouncement of verdict has been deferred by the Board.

The JJB has been unable to pronounce its verdict as a plea was filed before the Supreme Court to treat the juvenile as an adult.

The Supreme Court had on August 14 reserved its order on the maintainability of a PIL filed by former MP Subramanian Swamy for a fresh interpretation of the term ‘juvenile’.

Referring to a provision of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act,Swamy has said it was “badly” drafted and needed to be revisited as it was in violation of the United Nations Convention for the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and Beijing Rules on the issue. Swamy had argued that the “mental and intellectual maturity” of minor offenders should be considered instead of the age limit of 18 years while fixing their culpability.

The juvenile is one of the six men accused of having raped and assaulted a 23-year-old paramedic student in a moving bus in South Delhi,and beating her male friend with rods. The trial of the adult accused is presently underway at the special fast

track court and is expected to conclude soon.

The inquiry against the juvenile in the gangrape and robbery case had concluded on July 5 and the Board had reserved its judgement for July 11.

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