The Kuwait National Assembly yesterday approved a new law for delinquent juveniles in which the age of minors was lowered from 18 to 16 years in a bid to help authorities curb a sharp increase in the crime rate. The law was approved in the first reading by 37 MPs including Cabinet ministers, opposed by seven lawmakers, while two members abstained, reported Kuwait Times daily. The second and final round of voting is scheduled to take place after two weeks.
The approval came after a large number of MPs urged the government to crack down on violence and crimes, especially drugs-related crimes, which the interior minister said was spreading among teenagers.
In the existing juvenile law, criminal penalties are applied to people who are 18 years and above, while special penalties are applied to those under 18.
According to Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled Al-Sabah, the majority of drug crimes were committed by 17-year-old boys, added local daily.