Badaun: Even if the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) has declared one of the six accused in the December 16 Delhi gang rape case as a juvenile on the basis of school certificate provided by a government school in Badaun, his exact age has again triggered controversy leading to outrage among victim’s family and protesters.
In an another twist in the horrendous incident, mother of the juvenile accused has said that she is not sure about the exact date and time of birth of her son. Besides, the natives of the accused’s village too seemed unclear about his birth date.

“I have no idea regarding the date or time of birth of my son. I just went to the school for his admission and mentioned his age as 5 years. The school authorities admitted him and then after he continued his studies", the accused mother said.

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 on January 29,2013) by the JJB. The JJB also rejected the police's plea for his bone ossification test for determining his age.

Notably, another petition has been filed in the Supreme Court on Thursday seeking prosecution of the juvenile accused in the fast track court along with other five accused. The petitioner has sought a punishment for him similar to that which will be handed out to his other five accomplices.

The petitioner has further pleaded that juveniles accused of rape and murder should be tried under normal law instead of Juvenile laws.

The petitioner has also demanded that the Juvenile Justice Act should be struck down when it seems to be violating article 14 and 21 of the Constitution.  After hearing the petitioner, the Supreme Court said that the matter could be listed for hearing.


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