Treat juveniles accused of rape on par with adults, says Maneka Gandhi

Maneka Gandhi said that if we bring them into the purview of the adult world, then it will scare them.

By: Press Trust of India | Chennai | Updated: July 14, 2014 10:58 am

Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi on Sunday favoured treating  juveniles accused of heinous crimes like rape on par with adult offenders.

Speaking to reporters here, she said according to the police, 50 per cent of all sexual  crimes were committed by “16-year-olds who know the Juvenile Justice Act so they can do it.”

“But now for premeditated murder, rape, if we bring them into the purview of the adult world, then it will scare them,” she said.

Former WCD Minister Krishna Tirath during the previous UPA regime had proposed that juveniles above 16 years guilty of heinous crimes be treated on par with adult offenders.

The move was however opposed by various NGOs and National Commission of Protection of Child Rights which stated that such a proposal was against child rights.

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    Bheja Fry
    Jul 13, 2014 at 11:09 am
    Agree with Maneka hi. Crime committed is just as bad as when it is done by an adult so why the difference in dealing with the crime on the basis of age? Just because he is a 16 year old doesn't mean he has an open invitation to rape women!
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      abdul
      Jul 13, 2014 at 11:02 am
      @50 per cent of all ual crimes were committed by “16-year-olds who know the Juvenile Justice Act so they can do it.”Another possibility: it may be because they are templeted and excited by bollywood movies, TVs, internet, and other form of media towards and the law does not permit to lawfully satisfy their ual desires through marriage till they turn 21
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        Crayven
        Jul 23, 2014 at 7:39 pm
        You must be a lovely person...
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          rucha s
          Jul 14, 2014 at 7:13 am
          Agree with Maneka hi ,@50 per cent of all ual crimes were committed by “16-year-olds who know the Juvenile Justice Act so they can do it.”punishment should be awarded according to the degree of the crime and not according to the age.
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            Satya
            Jul 14, 2014 at 4:41 am
            nobody knows Juvenile Justice act so if conduct m campaign on Juvenile justice act will see the better result and if strictly furnished who will commit to rape other crucial thinks.
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              S.Suchindranath
              Jul 14, 2014 at 9:57 am
              I am delighted that Maneka G who normally prescribes such extreme wild life acts as nursing adders at your bosom is impelled by a modi of practical reason. Nobody who commissions a willful heinous crime such as rape, murder or torture can be considered a juvenile and molly coddled. A man or woman is what they do. If they are criminals. Hang them as such.
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