Lawmakers cutting across party lines on Monday demanded that the juvenile justice law be immediately amended to allow children aged between 16-18 years to be tried as adults in heinous crime cases.
The demand came soon after the Supreme Court dismissed a plea against the release of the juvenile offender in the December 16 gang-rape case.
Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien said he has given a notice under rule 267 seeking suspension of business and taking up the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2014.
“It is incumbent upon the House to listen to what is going on outside,” O’Brien said, asking the House to rise above politics. “It is not a perfect bill but let us list it and pass the bill,” O’Brien said.
He said the House had only three days to go before end of the winter session and government’s listed agenda includes bills on commercial courts and real estate , but the one amending the juvenile justice law.
Minister of state for parliamentary affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the bill was listed on December 8-11. “We have listed it for tomorrow,” he said, adding if all agreed the bill could be be taken up for discussion Monday itself.
Deputy chairman P J Kurien said O’Brien had raised a relevant point and that the bill could be discussed if the government and opposition agreed.
Leader of the opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the bill was not listed even though the Congress had at all-party meeting last week agreed to its passage.
Today, the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2015 has been listed for passing. “We are committed to passing it today,” he said adding the juvenile bill can be taken up on Tuesday.