Finally Rajya Sabha Passes Juvenile Justice Bill : 16 to 18-Year-Olds To Be Tried As Adults
After the plea against the release of the juvenile offender in the 2012 Delhi gang-rape case ( the ‘Nirbhaya’ case) was rejected by the apex court, there emerged a wave of demands for passage of a Bill to regulate the trial of juveniles who have committed such heinous crimes. The Government reacted by passing the Juvenile Justice Bill.
On 16th December, 2012, a group of six persons, including the juvenile, had brutally assaulted and raped a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus in South Delhi. The victim, after efforts by doctors, had died in a hospital in Singapore on December 29, 2012.
Mukesh, Vinay, Pawan and Akshay, four of those in the group, were given the death penalty by the trial court in the gang rape and murder case, the Delhi High Court later confirmed. Their appeals are pending before the Supreme Court.
The Government is in agreement of the passing of such a bill, said Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. He added that it was listed repeatedly on several days of the ongoing winter session.
The bill states that juveniles aged between 16-18 years will be tried as adults, in the case of heinous crimes.
The mother of the victim, commonly referred to as Nirbhaya, has said that she believes that justice has been done, and has said that she is satisfied by this legislation.