Parents of the December 16 gang-rape victim have challenged the Juvenile Justice Act in the Supreme Court, seeking a criminal trial against one of the accused who was then a juvenile.
The accused, who was six months short of 18 years at the time of the incident, was convicted for gang-rape and murder of the 23-year-old girl but was sentenced to a maximum of three years imprisonment under the juvenile law.
The victim’s parents have challenged the constitutional validity of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000, which bans the criminal courts from trying a juvenile offender for offences committed under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Badrinath Singh and his wife Asha Devi, parents of the victim, have sought the apex court to re-examine the law so that juveniles committing heinous crimes could be tried and punished according to the nature and gravity of the offence.
They had said the August 31 verdict of the Juvenile Justice Board, awarding three years imprisonment to the minor accused, was not acceptable to them.
They referred to the trial court verdict by which four adult accused were convicted and sentenced to death and sought similar trial for the then juvenile offender, who has now turned an adult.On December 16, 2012, the girl was gang raped and assaulted by six persons in a moving bus.
The victim later succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital on December 29 last year.