Delhi Gangrape case: 6th accused declared minor by Juvenile Board

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

New Delhi, Jan 28: The sixth accused in the case of December 16 gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedical student here was today declared by the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) as a "minor", which could enable him to walk free by June 4, this year when he attains the age of 18 years.
 The accused, who was described as the most brutal of the six accused by the Delhi Police in its charge sheet, was declared as 17 years and six months and 24 days-old (as of today) by the JJB, which relied on his birth certificate and school documents produced before it.
 Section 15 (g) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act mandates that a juvenile aged between 16-18 years if convicted of any offence can be sentenced to be sent to a special home for a period of three years at the maximum, and, thereafter, be released on probation.
 However, section 16 of the Act also provides that a juvenile can only be kept at the special home till he attains 18 years of age and he cannot be sent to jail thereafter, which in effect will result in his release.
 The JJB also rejected the police's plea for bone ossification test of the sixth accused for determining his age.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 28 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 29 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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