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Of juveniles and justice

Print edition : January 22, 2016

The juvenile accused in the December 2012 gang rape and murder, after the verdict from the Juvenile Justice Board in New Delhi on August 31, 2013. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

The juvenile accused in the December 2012 gang rape and murder, after the verdict from the Juvenile Justice Board in New Delhi on August 31, 2013. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

The mother (second from left) and brother (right) of the victim in the 2012 gang rape at a rally in New Delhi on December 21, 2015, in protest against the release of the juvenile convict. The debate in parliament on the new Bill on juvenile justice was conducted under the shadow of the controversy surrounding his release. Photo: MONEY SHARMA/AFP

Maneka Gandhi, Minister of Women and Child Development. She moved the new Bill bringing down the age of responsibility for juvenile offenders. Photo: PTI

The passage of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children)Bill, 2015, in Parliament exposes the vulnerability of the system in the wake of a misinformed and hysterical campaign for legislative changes to punish juveniles committing heinous crimes as adults.

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