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Supreme Court refuses to reduce juvenile age to 16

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to reduce the age of juvenile from 18 to 16 years and dismissed a plea that minors involved in heinous crimes should not be protected under the law.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir said that interference in Juvenile Justice Act is not necessary and dismissed a batch of PILs which were filed in the aftermath of the December 16, 2012 brutal gang-rape and murder case in which a minor was also allegedly involved.

“We uphold the provisions of the Act... Interference in the law is not necessary,” the bench said while reading out operative part of its judgement.

In the wake of the outcry over the alleged involvement of a minor in the case, a batch of PILs was filed in the apex court pleading that the Act should be amended and a minor, involved in heinous crimes, should not be protected under the law.

The plea in the apex court was opposed by various child activists, including former chairman of Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) Amod Kanth.

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