Delhi gangrape: Supreme Court notice to Centre on minor

New Delhi, Dec 2 : The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Centre on the juvenile convicted in the Delhi gangrape case.

The notice was based on a Public-Interest Litigation (PIL).

"The PIL pleads that a competent magistrate be given the discretion to decide whether one of the convicts - a minor - be treated as a juvenile offender or an adult depending on the seriousness of the offence," reported CNN-IBN.

On Aug 31, the youngest accused in the Delhi gangrape was convicted of rape and murder and sentenced to three years in prison.

On Dec 16, 2012, six people gangraped and brutalised the 23-year-old Delhi Braveheart or Nirbhaya with an iron rod on a moving bus in New Delhi. The victim succumbed to her injuries at a Singapore hospital on Dec 29.

The incident triggered nationwide outrage against rising cases of crime against women in India with people pouring into the streets of New Delhi for days and demanding a change of law and strict punishment of the accused.

--IBNS (Posted on 02-12-2013)

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