Should criminal be treated according to law or on the basis of their crime?

The juvenile convict in the December 16, 2012 gangrape case is set to walk free after the Delhi HC turned down the Centre's appeal to impose a stay order on his release. The Centre, with the limited legal options it could avail, had appealed against the release of the convict who was a minor at the time of sentencing. The court said that it doesn't have the directive or mandate to stay his release. According to the Juvenile Justice Act, a juvenile can't be kept in the home for more than three years - a period that comes to an end on 20 December for the convict in this particular case.

Dec 18, 2015, 18:55 PM IST

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