Now that the worst has happened in the garb of a decision given by the Juvenile Justice Board to the effect that the minor accused in New Delhi gang rape case is to be tried only as a minor, a status so determined on the basis of his school certificate. As per his school certificate, he was aged 17 years, 6 months and 24 days on the date of the ghastly incident on 16th December’ 2012, supposedly just a few months short of the legal age of the accused i.e. 18 years. If the decision so given is treated as a valid legal interpretation, the dreaded accused, so called as a minor, goes almost scotch free after the trial is over. The Law provides maximum of 3 years of keeping a minor lodged in a juvenile home as a punishment, beyond which he is as free as he was before committing the crime heinously as a dreaded culprit. The Law is also interpreted as saying that a minor criminal has to be kept lodged in a juvenile home (not the jail) only till such time he becomes an adult. This means that in the instant case the minor accused, whom the police named as ‘most brutal of the accused’ in their FIR, has hardly a few months, or say days, to spend in the juvenile home. Not a bad bargain?. It could be any young man with few years left to gain adulthood, to opt for a few days in juvenile home against raping any woman in the streets, in a bus, in some train, in a market or even in a house hold fulfilling his sordid desire for sex. This also means that if a rapist is awarded so frugal a punishment like this, it acts more as an incentive for the potential rapists instead of any thing deterrent to them. As already stated by me in one of my earlier posts, in countries like America and England, their law amply provides it that if a minor is found involved in crimes which generally adult ones commit, he is awarded the same rigorous punishment which adults deserve. What is the problem for the Indian government to follow the same rules like in other countries in respect of most heinous a crime like rape or gang rape?. They are a democracy lagging behind others in many ways and so is this respect also. India, as it poses most often, is after all Great only!