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Principle: Nothing is an Offence Which is Done by a Child Under Twelve Years of Age, - Legal Reasoning

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Principle: Nothing is an offence which is done by a child under twelve years of age, who has not attained sufficient maturity of understanding to judge the nature and consequences of his conduct on that occasion.

Facts: Himesh, 11 years old boy, picks up a gold ring worth Rs 5000/-­ lying on a table in his friend's house and immediately sells it for Rs 2000/­, and misappropriates the money.

Options

  • Himesh would be protected under the principle stated above be cause he is below 12 years of age.

  • Himesh would not be protected under the principle stated above because his acts show that he was sufficiently mature to understand the nature and consequences of his conduct.

  • Himesh would be protected under the principle stated above because his acts show that he was not sufficiently mature to understand the nature and consequences of his conduct.

  • Himesh would not be protected under the principle stated above because, irrespective of the age, stealing is an offence.

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Solution

Himesh would be protected under the principle stated above because his acts show that he was not sufficiently mature to understand the nature and consequences of his conduct.

Explanation:

Under Section 83 of Indian Penal code defines nothing is an offence which is done by a child above seven years of age and under twelve, who has not attained sufficient maturity of understanding to judge of the nature and consequences of his conduct on that occasion.   
The reasonable conclusion is drawn Himesh would be protected under the principle stated above because his acts show that he was not sufficiently mature to understand the nature and consequences of his conduct.   

Concept: Law of Torts (Entrance Exams)
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