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SC to examine Juvenile Jusitce Act

Posted on Feb 04, 03:14PM | UNI

New Delhi, Feb 4 : The Supreme Court today decided to examine the validity of some rules of Juvenile Justice Act in the wake ofallegations of the involvement of a juvenile in the recent brutalgang rape of a paramedic student in the national capital.

A bench comprising Justices K S Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra issued notices to the Centre and directed it to respond to the petition filed by advocates Sukumar and Kamal Kumar Pandey seeking stringent punishment to the juvenile on the basis of gravity of his offence and not on the basis of his age.

Under the existing law, a juvenile in conflict with law cannot be sent to jail, irrespective of the crime committed by him.

The petitioners had prayed to the apex court to direct the Centre to make appropriate amendments in the provisions of the Act to make an exception for a juvenile involved in a heinous crime and send him to jail instead of reformation home.

The Supreme Court has sought the response of the Centre saying that the controversy does not relate to the state exclusively.

Earlier, on January 18, the apex court had sent notices to the Cenre on two other petitions seeking amendments to the Juvenile Justice Act for enhanced punishment to the accused in the gang rape case.

A 23-year-old woman was brutally assaulted and gang raped by six men on board a bus on December 16 night and thrown out along with her male companion on the road. She succumbed to her injuries on December 30.