Lower juvenile age limit to 16 years, death penalty for accused in heinous crimes: Yadav

Yadav supported the idea of the society boycotting a sexual offender

Joining in the debate to lower juvenile age limit, Haryana Power and Forest Minister Ajay Singh Yadav on Saturday said the upper age limit for juvenile offenders should be reduced from 18 to 16 years to effectively deal with growing cases of sexual assaults against women.

Speaking to reporters at a function here, Yadav said in cases of heinous crimes such as the recent case of gangrape in Delhi, the accused should be hanged

and in other such cases, there should be at least life imprisonment.

"A debate is on how to tackle sexual assaults against women in an effective manner. The Union home minister too had a meeting with chief secretaries and director generals of police the other day in this regard. The punishment in such cases should be stringent. In cases of heinous crimes, as was the recent case of gangrape in Delhi in which the victim died, the accused should be hanged till death. In other such cases, there should be at least life imprisonment. Such cases should also be tried in fast track courts," Yadav said.

When asked whether he supports the idea that a sexual offender should be boycotted by the society, Yadav said: "Certainly, as it would convey a good message to the society."

Certain representatives of Khaps in Haryana had recently decided to socially boycott a person held guilty of committing a crime against woman.

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