Juvenile . This word had left me raging as it covered up for the 17 year old rapist of the Delhi gangrape case. The reports made it evident that he was the most brutal and perverted of them all and yet his age made him escape punishment.
Today I read about the verdict in the Steubenville rape case and in days I felt good. I am proud of the parents you stood by their daughter .
That said I am really worried about the word juvenile. While they are arguing over reducing the age of consent I am wondering about the age bar for being a juvenile. The Steubenville case was scary considering the complete lack of morality and humanity and was stunning cos they were all teens . Though we can't dismiss it saying that happened in US . A recent gang rape case involving all juveniles (victim and the rapists included) makes it evident that Indian teens ain't far behind.
WHO defines child as every human being who is below the age of 18 years ,unless under the law applicable majority is attained earlier.
Children!!! I am rethinking over where to put the limit tag to think that innocence and purity of heart is still alive ...
who is a juvenile??? I keep wondering still .
More than that I wonder to what limit are we pushing our children that they cross over the bridge without crossing the age.
I read this poem by W.H. Auden ' The shield of Achilles' when I was 17 . These words had shook me then and now they almost sound like a prophecy.
A ragged urchin, aimless and alone,
Loitered about that vacancy;
a bird Flew up to safety from his well-aimed stone:
That girls are raped, that two boys knife a third,
Were axioms to him,
who'd never heard Of any world
where promises were kept,
Or one could weep because another wept.
What do you think should be the age limit for being called juvenile??