New Delhi: In a major setback to the prosecution in the Delhi gangrape case, the Juvenile Justice Board has declared that the sixth accused is a minor. The board, which based its ruling on the basis of the accused's school records, said there was no doubt about it.
It rejected the plea that his age be determined through a bone ossification test. Under law, the maximum sentence for a minor is three years in a correctional centre.
The accused's date of birth is June 4, 1995 as per his school records. The Delhi Police now say they will move the High Court against the ruling of the Juvenile Board.
The Juvenile Justice Act
- Anyone below 18 years of age considered a juvenile
- Juvenile can only be tried in a Justice Board
- Juvenile cannot be tried in a court
- Juvenile can only be tried under Juvenile Justice Act
- Juvenile cannot be punished under any other law
- Juvenile cannot be a co-accused with other adults
- Mandatory to grant bail to a juvenile offender
- Juvenile can go to remand home if under threat
- Remand home for 2 years if offender is below 18 but above 17
- Offender can be sent to remand home until he is major