The age of majority has been fixed at 21 for men and 18 for women under the Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929, and it entails punishment for parents and guardians who conduct or facilitate child marriages.
Abantika Ghosh explains the inherent contradictions in the Juvenile Justice Bill that was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday — how, at 16, you are too young to drink but old enough to be tried as an adult.
When the UPA government passed the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, that laid down in clear terms that the age of consent for sex is 18 years, even then activists had warned against such misuse.
New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday assured disappointed parents of December 16 gang-rape victim's parents that the Juvenile Justice Bill would be today passed in the Parliament today itself. After meeting Nirbhaya's parents Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi asserted that there should not be any delay in the passage of this bill. With the Supreme Court showing its inability to prohibit the release of the juvenile in the December 16 gang-rape case in the absence of laws, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had yesterday said the ruling dispensation at the Centre is keen to pass the Juvenile Justice Bill and was also ready to bring supplementary agenda on it in the Parliament. The apex court had dismissed the petition filed by Delhi Commission of Women (DCW) Chairperson Swati Maliwal against the release of the juvenile offender in the case, saying 'there has to be a clear legislative sanction' in this regard.