JUS­TICE DE­NIED

India Today - - MIND ROCKS -

On Septem­ber 13, four of six men who bru­tally raped and mur­dered Jyoti Singh, a 23year- old phys­io­ther­a­pist, in a mov­ing bus in Delhi on De­cem­ber 16, 2012, were sen­tenced to death. One of them com­mit­ted sui­cide in­side Ti­har Jail on March 11. The sixth was a mi­nor— six months short of be­com­ing an adult at the time of com­mit­ting the crime— and was let off with­out any “pun­ish­ment”. Af­ter spend­ing 27 months in a cor­rec­tive home, he will be a free man. Is this jus­tice? What should be the ba­sis of pun­ish­ment— age or na­ture of crime? At Mind Rocks, the In­dia To­day Group launched a cam­paign seek­ing change in the Ju­ve­nile Jus­tice Act, 2000, which takes a le­nient view of ju­ve­nile crim­i­nals who com­mit se­ri­ous of­fences such as rape and mur­der. The cam­paign was un­veiled by Jyoti’s par­ents, Asha Devi and Badri­nath Singh.

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