List of Minimum Age of Criminal Liability of Asian Countries

This is a compilation of minimum age of criminal responsibility of countries in Asia.

Each country in Asia has a different minimum age of criminal liability. If a 6 year old Singaporean child commits a crime. He or she cannot be legally sued in any court, because in Singapore, the minimum age is 7 years old. He or she may go to a rehabilitation center or depending on the country’s law on how to penalize an offending minor under 7 years old.

The Philippines has a proposal to lower the minimum age of criminal liability from 15 to 9 years old.

Country

Minimum age

 Afghanistan

12

Bahrain

 15

Bangladesh

 9

Bhutan

 10

Brunei Darussalam

 7

Cambodia

 14

China

16

Hong Kong Special Autonomous Region

10

Macau Special Autonomous Region

12; Under 16 are exempted from punishment

India

12

Indonesia

8

Iran

15 for boys; 9 for girls

Iraq

9

Israel

12

Japan

11

Jordan

7

Kazakhstan

16

North Korea

 

14

South Korea

14

Kuwait

7

Kyrgyzstan

16

Laos

15

Lebanon

7

Malaysia

10; Muslim minors can be held criminally responsible from the onset of puberty. 

Maldives

15

Mongolia

16

Myanmar

7

Nepal

10

Oman

9

Pakistan

7

Palestine

12

Philippines

15; there’s a proposal to lower it to 9

Qatar

7

Saudi Arabia

12

Singapore

7; ages 7-12 not liable unless “attained sufficient maturity of understanding to judge the nature and consequence of [their] conduct on that occasion.”

Sri Lanka

12; ages 12-14 not liable unless “attained sufficient maturity of understanding to judge the nature and consequence of [their] conduct on that occasion.”

 

Syria

 10

Tajikistan

16; 14 for some violent offences

Thailand

7; age below 14 cannot be punished

Timor-Leste

16

Turkmenistan

16; 14 for some offences

United Arab Emirates

7; children at the onset of puberty based on Sharia Law

Uzbekistan

16; 13 for killing; 14 for some offences

Viet Nam

 16; 14 for some offences

Yemen

7
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Source: CRIN.org

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