States agree to reduce juvenile age from 18 to 16 yrs
New Delhi:The Central and state governments on Friday failed to evolve a consensus on death penalty for rape convicts even as they seem to have agreed on the definition of juvenile by bringing down the age bar to 16 from 18 years.
The day-long meeting of chief secretaries and DGPs, convened by the Centre in the wake of the gangrape of a girl in Delhi, discussed threadbare various ways to check crime against women and agreed to take steps for protection of women and initiating speedy trial and conviction of criminals. "There is no consensus on amending the law to include capital punishment for rape. One or two chief secretaries have suggested but majority kept mum on the issue," said a senior officer who attended the meeting.
Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said all suggestions, including death penalty for rape, put forward by the chief secretaries and DGPs would be considered by the central government.
Top BJP leaders courted arrest in Patna on June 18 during a bandh to protest against the JD(U)'s decision to end their 17-year alliance with them. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Shahnawaz Hussain and Sushil Kumar Modi were among the top BJP leaders who courted arrest.
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