India amends Juvenile Justice law: Juveniles can now be tried as adults for rape and murder

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In India now juveniles aged 16 years and above will now be tried under laws for adults for heinous crimes such as rape and murder. As Parliament on Tuesday passed the The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill in this regard against the backdrop of a juvenile convict being released in the gangrape-cum-murder case of December 2012.
The bill, which provides for lowering the age for trial from 18 years, was passed by Rajya Sabha with a voice vote after a walkout by Left parties which wanted it to be sent to a Select Committee. The bill was passed by Lok Sabha earlier.
Replying to the debate on the bill, Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi said the legislation was a “nuanced” one and was much needed to act as a “deterrent”. She said the incidents of heinous crimes by juveniles of the age of 16 years and above were on the rise and cited statistics to support her contention.

Once the bill was passed the parents of Nirbhaya, who were also present in the house, said that the justice has been done to all the girls, however their girl could not get justice.

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