Minors accused of heinous crimes to be tried as adults

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 04:58 GMT, May 8, 2015 |

A controversial Bill that provides for trying juveniles aged between 16 and 18 years for heinous crimes under laws for adults was cleared by the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

The government, arguing that the Bill had been framed to ensure no injustice was done to innocent children, finally used its numbers to squash all Opposition fears about possible misuse of the law.

Women and Child Development Minister Menaka Gandhi, who piloted the Bill, told the House that she had tried to be “pro-child” and to strike a “fine balance” between justice to victims and rights of children.