The terrible gang rape of a student in New Delhi in December 2012 has provoked fierce debate about the treatment of juvenile offenders who commit serious violent crimes in India over the last 18 months.
In July 2013, the Supreme Court rejected petitions to lower the age of criminal responsibility to 16 following a campaign by many organisations, including PRI. However, the government has now proposed that the law be amended to treat 16- to 18-year-olds accused of heinous crimes as adults.
In response, PRI and UNICEF India have produced a report on appropriate responses to juveniles who commit serious crimes based on international best practice on what has been most effective.
With background information on the international standards, national legislation and international best practice examples and case studies of juvenile justice system from around the globe, this publication provides information on the types of different interventions used in response to serious offending by those under 18 and their effectiveness.