Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill

After elaborate discussions on the merits of trying juveniles as adults in case of grave offences such as the 2012 Delhi gang rape, the Lok Sabha, on 7 May 2015, passed the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014 which allows 16 to 18 year old child offenders in heinous crimes to be tried like adults. The law defines heinous offences as IPC offences with minimum punishment of seven years. These include rape, murder, dacoity, kidnapping, and even attempted murder.

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said the Bill balanced the rights of the victim with those of the child.

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