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Age of juvenility should be reduced to 14,says Madani

200 scholars from South Asia,the UK and the US are expected to take part in the peace conference.

Written by Naveed Iqbal | New Delhi | Published: December 11, 2013 2:17:50 am

Stating that the new sexual harassment law needed to be strengthened,the general secretary of the Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind,Maulana Mahmood A Madani on Tuesday advocated the need for bringing down the the age of juvenility to 14 years.

Quoting the example of the juvenile convict in the December 16 Delhi gangrape case,Madani said,“The age at which a juvenile may be tried as an adult should be reduced to 14 years,if not 16,because the proportion of his crime made him a natural adult.”

He said the juvenile convict “should not have gone unpunished for his crime”.

The Deoband scholar made these comments in the light of a World Peace Conference being organised by the Jamiat from December 13.

The conference besides taking up “burning issues of contemporary times” will also dwell on issues regarding safety of women. The new sexual harassment law will also be debated during the conference to be held at Deoband.

“We have been considered an anti-women group throughout. At this conference,we will debate important issues so that we can play a better role in the future,” Niaz Farooqui,senior member of the Jamiat’s working committee,said.

Speaking about the Communal Violence Bill,Madani said,“Governments are not doing enough and a law like this is important to tackle situations like the one that happened in Muzaffarnagar.”

At least 200 scholars from South Asia,the UK and the US are expected to take part in the peace conference. After the conference,a resolution of decisions put forth by the delegates in Deoband will be adopted at a convention to be held at the Ramleela Maidan on December 15.

The conference will seek to use an Islamic perspective to arrive at solutions to issues such as communal conflict and social problems such as like exploitation,alcoholism,and drugs.

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