Essay-Should juveniles be treated as adults for heinous crimes SSC CGL Tier 3 I SSC CHSL Tier 2
Who is a juvenile? Legally speaking, a juvenile can be defined as a child who has not attained a certain age (which is eighteen) at which he can be held liable for his criminal acts like an adult person under the law of the country.
The juvenile justice system is relatively new. Prior to the 1800s, youths were handled in the same way as adults. But as the penal system became more progressive, it started making a distinction between adults and juveniles.
Should juveniles be treated as adults for heinous crimes? The argument that even teenagers understand the gravity of crimes like murders and rapes, and thus should be tried as adults is potent but has certain flaws.
Firstly, there is no yardstick to determine whether the juvenile is mature enough to realize the gravity of those crimes. Secondly, the fact that we are ready to punish them as adults for their crimes but not reward them as adults for their achievements is against natural justice