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Nirbhaya's parents demand criminal trial for Juvenile convict; approaches Supreme Court
Family of Delhi gang rape and murder victim Nirbhaya knocked the doors of Supreme Court, for a for criminal trial for the only Juvenile in the case, who at the time of crime was 17-years old. Out of the total six accused one had claimed to be minor. Out of the five major one hanged himself in the Tihar jail and four others have been ordered to be hanged till death. The juvenile convict was had been awarded a jail punishment of three years in a reformatory home.

The parents of Nirbhaya were not happy with the verdict given by the juvenile justice board. Now they are approaching the Supreme Court for a fresh criminal trial on the juvenile, they said, "One of the accused has not been tried at all for the offences committed under the Indian Penal Code by a criminal court on the premise that he is a juvenile in conflict with law being a 17-year-old."

The petition is likely to be listed for hearing on Monday (November 2, 2013), by a bench headed by Justice H L Dattu. In the petition, Nirbhaya's parents have questioned the constitutional validity of the Juvenile Justice Act to the extent that it prohibits the criminal court's powers to try an offender in a criminal case.

The parents reasoned that the Juvenile Justice Act came about to honour India's international commitments and said, "The JJ law is ostensibly made to give effect to India's international commitments. However, there is no international agreement which can put a blanket ban on the power of the criminal courts in India (and debar them) to adjudicate upon the criminal offences committed by a juvenile," reported TOI.

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