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India toughens law for young criminals after outrage over rapist release

Published 22/12/2015

Protesters shout slogans as they condemn the release of a juvenile convicted in the fatal 2012 gang rape in New Delhi (AP)
Protesters shout slogans as they condemn the release of a juvenile convicted in the fatal 2012 gang rape in New Delhi (AP)

Politicians in India have voted to lower to 16 the age at which a person can be tried as an adult for heinous crimes.

The changes made to the existing juvenile law reduce the age from 18, and follow anger over the release of a minor convicted in a fatal 2012 gang rape who served the maximum sentence of three years in a reform home.

The man, now an adult, was released on Sunday. He was short of his 18th birthday when he and five other men brutally raped a 23-year-old young woman on board a moving bus in the heart of the capital New Delhi.

The amended legislation needs to be signed by India's president before it becomes a law.

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