New juvenile law: 2 minors get life imprisonment for murder

The two teenagers were also fined Rs 10,000 each and sentenced to three years in jail for possession of illegal weapons.

New juvenile law: 2 minors get life imprisonment for murder

In a first of the verdicts under the amended juvenile justice law, a sessions court in Jhabua sentenced 2 teens to life imprisonment for killing a teen.

On December 5 last year, teens stabbed Radhu Nana Palia, 16, allegedly for Rs 500. Student of class 9, Radhu, succumbed to his injuries in hospital.



The next day, two, 16 and 17-year-old, minors were detained and sent to a correction home. They were examined by a board, which found them physically and mentally fit, and aware of the “consequences of the offence”. Later, a charge sheet was filed in 18 days.


Jhabua Superintendent of Police Mahesh Chandra Jain told The Indian Express that the trial was shifted to the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge A A Khan, who, on Tuesday, convicted them and handed life term under IPC Section 302 (murder), and Sections 15 and 18 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. The two teenagers were also fined Rs 10,000 each and sentenced to three years in jail for possession of illegal weapons.

“We sought life term because it was a heinous crime. It was not the rarest of rare cases, so we did not ask for capital punishment,” said Jain.
This comes as a first verdict under the amended juvenile justice law, which also has a provision for re-evaluation “when the child in conflict with the law attains the age of 21 years and is yet to complete the term of stay”. Section 20 states that the “children’s court shall provide for a follow-up by the probation officer or the district child protection unit or a social worker or by itself, as required, to evaluate if such child has undergone reformative changes and if the child can be a contributing member of the society.”

The children’s court can then decide “to release the child on such conditions as it deems fit” or “decide that the child shall complete the remainder of his term in a jail.”