In a setback to the infamous December 16 Delhi gangrape case, the Supreme Court rejected a PIL that sought an amendment to the Juvenile Justice Act for lowering the juvenile age to 16 years from 18. One of the main accused in the case is a minor who stands to receive a lesser punishment on account of his age.
The debate on modifying the Juvenile Justice Act has been bolstered by horrifying statistics about minors involved in sexual abuse crimes. Here are some shocking truths...
Source : AFP
According to statistics, soon after children between 16-18 years were included in the juvenile category in the year 2000, the number of rapes increased five-fold - from 198 in 2000 to a shocking 1149 rapes by juveniles were recorded in 2011.
Source : PTI
According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, the crimes being committed by juveniles are on the rise. The number of crimes reported in a single year after the inclusion of children from 16-18 years increased by 80%!
Source : PTI
A whopping 171% increase in crimes by juveniles was recorded since 2000. As many as 25,125 crimes were recorded by juveniles in the year 2011.
Source : AP
Stating that the trend is worsening with each passing year, The NCRB that about 65% of such juveniles booked under the Indian Penal Code are between 16 and 18 years of age (2010-11). About 94% of juvenile crimes are committed by boys. Madhya Pradesh (with 20%) and Maharashtra (with 19%) top the juvenile crime chart.