The Morning Wrap: Juvenile Bill To Be Tabled In Parliament Today; Teachers 'Lure' Students From Booze To Books In Nashik Village

22/12/2015 8:20 AM IST | Updated 29/08/2016 7:49 PM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - DECEMBER 21: Parents of Nirbhaya alongwith activists during a protest against the release of juvenile convict of the 16 December Gang-rape on December 21, 2015 in New Delhi, India. As pressure mounted on it for early passage of the Juvenile Justice Bill, government today listed the crucial legislation in Rajya Sabha for passage tomorrow and blamed Congress for blocking it in the past due to its obstructionist politics even when it was listed on 15 occasions. (Photo by Sushil Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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