Amend law to reduce age of juvenile from 18 to 16 yrs: Delhi Police



New Delhi: Delhi Police on Friday favoured amendment in the law to reduce the age of juvenile from the present 18 to 16 years against the backdrop of the gang-rape of a paramedical student here in which a minor was involved.

"The Delhi Police feels that the age of juvenile should be 16 years. This is our view. I understand there is already a bill pending (to be passed)," Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar told a press conference here.

Kumar was replying to a question on changes needed in defining a juvenile in the wake of the gang-rape of a 23-year- old on December 16, an incident which sparked a debate on this issue.

The juvenile involved in the Delhi incident, according to police, enticed the girl and her male friend into the bus in which the young woman was gang-raped and then thrown out of the vehicle. She died in a Singapore hospital on December 29.

Answering a volley of questions on the rape incident, the Police Commissioner also spoke about the demand being made for death penalty for such offenders but did not say whether he was in favour or against it.

"There is a lot of debate about it. The Justice Verma Committee is looking into. It will take a view on this," he said.

To a question on Constable Subhash Tomar's death during the protests here following the incident, he stuck to the stand that he suffered a heart attack in the protest area and that he did not have any history of heart ailment.

He also said the Delhi Police gazetted officers have collected Rs 8 lakh by contributing a day's salary while another Rs 8 lakh has been raised for the family of Tomar.

PTI