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Sheila Dikshit favours lowering of juvenile age

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit favoured lowering of the juvenile age limit in the wake of the Delhi gangrape case. Dikshit said the nature of the crime should not be overlooked while deciding on the age issue.

Published: 04th February 2013 09:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th February 2013 09:20 AM   |  A+A-

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday favoured lowering of the juvenile age limit in the wake of the Delhi gangrape case. Dikshit said the nature of the crime should not be overlooked while deciding on the age issue.

“If you match the nature of the crime with the age of the person with being juvenile and non-juvenile,  then I think that evaluation could perhaps help in deciding on the issue.”

The Juvenile Justice Board in Delhi last week had declared the sixth accused in the December 16 gangrape case as a minor.

The victim’s family too had demanded stricter punishment for the juvenile, as he was the most aggressive of all the accused.

Dikshit said the government would have to take a decision on the issue after carefully examining the various aspects to it.

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