A bench headed by Justice BS Chauhan also asked the Ministry of Women and Child development to file its response within four weeks on the issue of ascertaining the 'minority of an offender' in heinous cases.
It also sought the records including the statement of the victim that implicated the juvenile offender in the sensational case.

The victim's father has moved the Apex Court seeking directions to put one of the accused who was then a minor on trial by a criminal court by quashing a law that bans such prosecution of juveniles.
The juvenile, who was six months short of 18 years at the time of incident, was convicted for gangrape and murder of the 23-year-old girl but he got away with a maximum of three years imprisonment mandated under the juvenile law by the Juvenile Justice Board.

The father of the victim, who had said the August 31 verdict of the Board was not acceptable to the family, has filed the petition in the Apex Court, saying since they are challenging the constitutional validity of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000, there is no other authority concerned to which they can approach for such relief.
The victim's father has sought a direction to declare "as unconstitutional and void the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act to the extent it puts a blanket ban on the power of the criminal courts to try a juvenile offender for offences committed under the IPC".

The petition filed through advocate Aman Hingorani said, “The juvenile is liable to be tried and punished by the criminal court for the aforesaid offences, complete with the judicial discretion on established principles of law regarding the award of sentence keeping in view, amongst other factors, the nature and gravity of the offence”.


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