The Court also directed the Medical Panel to conduct an ossification test of the minor.
Eruption of wisdom tooth may at the most suggest that the age of the person is 17 years or above, but non-eruption or absence of wisdom tooth does not conclusively prove that the person is below 18 years of age.
Allahabad High Court said that the admission form has not been filled in by the parents of the victim, but by a stranger, whose credentials are unknown. Thus, the significance of victim’s medical age determination will be considered, as per which, she was a major on the date of the incident.
Gauhati High Court: The Division Bench of Sudhanshu Dhulia, CJ., and Manash Ranjan Pathak, J., addressed a suo motu PIL concerning the
“The ossification test can be said to be relevant for determining the approximate age of a person in conflict with law. However, when the person is around 40-55 years of age, the structure of bones cannot be helpful in determining the age.”