How much does age matter? 3 years: minimum age for a child to get school admission 15 years: usual age to clear 10th standard How likely are we to judge a 16 year old youngster who scored 30% in exam? …

How much does age matter?

3 years: minimum age for a child to get school admission
15 years: usual age to clear 10th standard

How likely are we to judge a 16 year old youngster who scored 30% in exam? 
We would say he/she is old enough to take responsibility of his bad performance and should work hard to improve it.

Well, what about a 16 year old youngster who committed a heinous crime like rape?
Should we say he/she is too young to be sensible when under the influence of testosterone and bad company? And should we not hold them responsible for the act?

Our short-film – ‘Are They Eligible To Rape’ – asks these questions.

Rape can be considered as one of the most inhuman acts in the world. It not only destroys the dignity of the person, but also scars them for life. Furthermore, a rape victim is rarely able to regain the same life in the society given the stigma attached.

Now contrast this with the life of a rapist who is found to be a juvenile – and hence below the punishable age in India. The juvenile law of India does not allow delinquents below 18 years (now 16 years) to be tried as adults in cases even as grave as rape. Due to this, many minors have escaped with minimum punishment and the matter was given a lot of hype when the recent Nirbhaya case convict, a minor, was released from police custody in just three years. Instead of punishment, the boy received a sum of INR 10,000 and a sewing machine to set up his shop and earn a livelihood. This incident got everyone fuming over the way government policies related to rape and juvenile laws work. But that’s about it.

The Juvenile Justice Law continues to hang like a danger sign in front of us, yet we choose to look the other way.

What happens when laws like this get misused?
Watch this short-film and find for yourself.