Skip to comments.Minors could face death penalty if law amended (India)
Posted on 01/08/2013 7:25:32 AM PST by James C. Bennett
NEW DELHI: Jolted by the extreme cruelty unleashed on Nirbhaya by the only juvenile among the six accused in the Delhi gang-rape case, the government may be looking at enhanced punishment for minors even a waiver of the delinquent's age by six months to a year keeping in view the severity of the crime.
While this review comes too late for the Delhi gang-rape case as it cannot be applied with retrospective effect, the shift is significant because heinousness of the crime committed rather than the exact age of the accused will determine the punishment.
If the government does carry out amendments to enhance the punishment for minors guilty of heinous crimes, juveniles could even face death penalty.
The women and child development ministry that is reviewing the Juvenile Justice Act, is looking at treating juveniles aged 17 or more who are guilty of heinous or violent crimes as adults. "We can have a provision by which six months or a year of the juvenile's age can be waived if the crime committed is severe in nature, like in this case. If the juvenile has committed a violent or serious crime he can be tried under law as an adult," said WCD minister Krishna Tirath.
At present, under the Act, a juvenile accused has to be kept in a juvenile correction home or any other reformatory centre for minors. S/he faces a separate trial under the JJ Act and the maximum sentence that can be given is only three years.
The use of death penalty for crimes committed by people younger than 18 years is prohibited under the international human rights law, yet some countries still execute child offenders. Such executions are few compared to the total number of executions across the world. Since 1990, Amnesty International has documented 87 executions of child offenders in nine countries. Several of these countries, including the US, have changed their laws to exclude the practice.
The ministry of women and child development that is reviewing the Juvenile Justice Act is considering such a provision to treat guilty minors aged 17 or more like adults.
I’m all in favor of extending the death penalty to teens.
Those who commit vicious crimes should be executed.
I urge the Indian government to widen the death penalty to incorrigible minors.
Interesting, but it’s in India, and it’s due to an horrific crime committed by minors against a young girl who later died.
One, the headline lacks important information, such as a parenthesis added for the word India. Otherwise the reader might think it’s here in America (fat chance of that, with our lax laws).
Second, what point did you have in posting it, since it is from India? Are you suggesting we should think of doing that here? Unfortunately the Supreme Court seems to think that’s cruel and unusal punishment.
Moder_ator, would you please add the word India after this headline?
If I’m not mistaken, didn’t the Supreme Court rule a few years back that death penalty for minors was “cruel and unusual”?
I'm guessing this would be one foreign law the SCOTUS would not take into consideration as they (Justice Kennedy) did when they ruled against capital punishment for juveniles in Roper v. Simmons.
IMHO, capital punishment should be on the table for any offense which the victim would have been justified in resisting with lethal force.
Even the father of the 16 yo teen involved says that his son’s act was so violent and evil that he thinks the kid should hang also.
Wish we’d do that here. A kid knows that killing is wrong; a quick execution of violent youths will save society a fortune and a bunch of people their lives.
Doesn’t matter if they “don’t know right from wrong.” Such people are simply too dangerous to allow to live.
They all would have faced an instant death penalty if the victim would have been arm with a decent handgun.
Thanks James C. Bennett. Libtards in India:
Delhi rape accused lived on margins of India’s boom
By Matthias Williams and Arup Roychoudhury
Posted 2013/01/12 at 8:55 am EST
So you support lax sentences for youths committing rape and murder.
I just hope to prove it you are next.
Note, you need to remove “TX” from your handle.
I doubt it and...
Hey, lighten up bitch.
Kiss my ass ya wee chick.
Isn’t that where they send the boys too gay for California?
So, how’d you like them cornflakes?
Are those some kind of yankee code words boy?
Maybe you ought to put yer ‘lil iphone down and catch up with some of your fellow friends of Bill.
Yer boyfriend and the other girls might appreciate it.
Nope, just yer breakfast
We have to take a break ‘lil feller as I have a football game to watch and you have house cleaning to do as there aren’t enough men in Maine to field a team.