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SC rejects plea in gangrape case

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, Dec 21 - The Supreme Court�s rejection of the plea against release of the juvenile offender in the December 16 gangrape case today spurred demands inside and outside Parliament for passage of a Bill � that seeks to lower the age defining juvenile from 18 to 16 years � tomorrow itself.

The Government said the amendments to the Juvenile Justice Act that will allow children between 16-18 years to be tried as adults in heinous crime cases will come up before the Rajya Sabha tomorrow, as protests against release of the juvenile convict continued at the Jantar Mantar. The Juvenile Justice Amendment Act has already been passed in the Lok Sabha.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, �The Government is ready and very keen to pass this Juvenile Bill�, as a demand for expeditious passage was made in the Rajya Sabha. Parliament�s Winter Session concludes on Wednesday.

Derek O�Brien (TMC) said he has given a notice under rule 267 seeking suspension of business in the Rajya Sabha and taking up the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2014. � PTI

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