Need to review the age limit for juveniles in heinous crimes: L-G

Najeeb Jung says personally not happy with JJB’s verdict against juvenile found guilty in the Dec 16 gangrape case

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:September 3, 2013 2:09 am

Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday expressed his unhappiness over the three-year sentence given to the juvenile found guilty in the December 16 gangrape case,and said that there was a need to review laws for juveniles,including the age limit in cases of heinous crimes.

“I am not satisfied with the verdict. I am personally not happy,” Jung said,adding that he did not believe that justice has been done in the case so far.

On the night of December 16 last year,a 23-year-old woman was gangraped and brutally assaulted by six persons in a moving bus while her friend was beaten up. The victim later succumbed to injuries in a Singapore hospital on December 29.

The L-G said there was a need to review the age limit for juveniles involved in such heinous crimes. “The age of a juvenile should be lowered. These days,young people grow up much faster. People are saying the age limit should be brought down to 16. Even if the age of a juvenile is lowered to 14,there would be nothing wrong with that. There is a need to review it,” he added.

In the first conviction in the December 16 gangrape case,the juvenile,who was six months short of 18 years when the crime was committed,was found guilty of murder and rape of the 23-year-old but got away with a maximum of three years imprisonment mandated under the juvenile law.

The verdict came under severe attack from the victim’s family,who said it was not acceptable to them.

The four adult accused are being tried by a court in Delhi. Another accused,Ram Singh,was found dead on March 11 in his cell in Tihar Jail and the trial against him has been abated.

The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) sentenced the minor to three years in a probation home,the maximum punishment that can be awarded under the Juvenile Justice Act.

The eight months already spent by the juvenile in custody during the trial will be considered as period already served and would be deducted from the three-year sentence.

With PTI

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