Youth in jail 4 times over his term

The Delhi High Court after finding gross violation of law has asked the Tihar jail authorities to release a Bangladeshi boy who has spent almost 12 years in jail where as per law the maximum period he could be kept in jail was three years. His bone tissue test, which was conducted on his plea that he was a juvenile, at AIIMS confirmed that he was a juvenile. He was in jail after his arrest in August 1999 for he was convicted in a robbery-cum murder case. According to Juvenile Justice Act a juvenile can be imprisoned for a maximum of three years for any crime which even includes murder. Suhas was a migrant and there was no one to help him out. The Delhi High Court had appointed Ajay Verma as his lawyer to fight for his case for free. Lawyer Ajay Verma said that in Tihar there are a number of such cases where children are languishing in jails even after completing more than their maximum terms.

MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 June 2011 on page no. 11

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