The Apex Court’s suggestion came a day after Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi called for a stringent Juvenile Justice Act.

The Supreme Court questioned the immunity enjoyed by the under-age offenders and asked the government to re-visit the law and make necessary changes.

Hailing the suggestion, Delhi Commission for Women Chief Barkha Singh Shukla said, “It is a welcome suggestion by the Supreme Court and the government should consider reviewing the law.”

Citing a police report that 50 percent of all sexual crimes were committed by "16-year-olds who know the Juvenile Justice Act so they can do it,” the Union Minister had favoured treating juveniles accused of heinous crimes like rape on par with adult offenders.

Former WCD Minister Krishna Tirath during the previous UPA regime had proposed that juveniles above 16 years guilty of heinous crimes be treated on par with adult offenders.

The move was, however, opposed by various NGOs and National Commission of Protection of Child Rights which stated that such a proposal was against child rights.


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