On Monday, the Juvenile Justice Board declared the sixth accused in the horrific Delhi gangrape a minor. The maximum punishment the accused now stands to receive is being sent to a remand home for three years.
The debate of modifying the Juvenile Justice Act continues with many voices in favour of treating juveniles in the age group of 16-18 being punished like adults for heinous crimes. Here are some horrifying statistics about minors involved in sexual abuse crimes...
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.