Parliament nods Juvenile amendment bill

rajyasabha 11Rajya sabha passed it with voice vote

The Parliament approves the Juvenile Justice amendment Bill. Rajya Sabha today passed the bill by voice vote. The amendment to the act will allow trying those over 16 years of age and accused of heinous crimes, as adults. The Lok Sabha has already passed the bill, which will now sent to the President for ratification. Present as the upper house debated the Bill were Asha Devi and Badrinath, the parents of Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old medical student who was gang-raped by six men on a moving bus in Delhi on December 16, 2012. She died in a Singapore hospital 13 days later. “I am satisfied that the bill has been passed, and other young girls will get justice. But I am sad that my daughter did not get justice,” said Jyoti’s mother Asha Devi. Jyoti’s parents have spearheaded the demand for a change in the law. While Jyoti’s other attackers have been sentenced to death, the youngest was released on Sunday after three years in a remand home. Now 20, he could not be tried in court for the brutal rape and murder as he was a few months short of 18 at the time of the attack.

Medaram Jathara

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