China has lowered the age of prison accountability for homicide and another severe crimes from 14 to 12 after some high-profile killings by youngsters. The change signifies that youngsters aged between 12 and 14 who commit crimes resembling intentional murder, or intentional damage that results in loss of life or extreme incapacity, will now be held criminally liable. Earlier than, they had been exempt from prison punishment, however might be ordered to endure correctional schooling. At present, the age of prison legal responsibility in China is 16, however youngsters aged 14 to 16 may be charged and punished as criminals for severe crimes together with intentional murder, rape and theft. The difficulty of whether or not to decrease the prison age of accountability got here to the fore after a case final 12 months wherein a 13-year-old boy confessed to police that he had killed a 10-year-old woman. State media reported that the woman didn’t return house from a portray class one Sunday afternoon. The woman’s father mentioned that the boy had tricked the woman into coming into his house, sexually assaulted her, stabbed her to loss of life after which dumped her physique on the aspect of a street. Following the killing in Dalian metropolis in northeastern China, the boy was despatched to a juvenile rehabilitation centre for 3 years. There was public outrage over what was perceived to be his lenient remedy. In one other case, a 13-year-old boy was allegedly crushed to loss of life in August in Shaanxi province by six juveniles, together with one who was below the age of 14, based on studies final month. The youngest has been positioned below the supervision of a guardian, whereas the opposite 5 have been arrested on suspicion of intentional damage inflicting loss of life. Authorities have beforehand introduced a rise within the variety of juvenile instances being dealt with by prosecutors. Final 12 months, there was a 5 per cent improve year-on-year within the variety of prosecutions of juveniles, with the most typical crimes being theft, theft, intentional damage, affray, creating disturbances and rape, based on a white paper launched by the Supreme Individuals’s Procuratorate in June.