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Government to Revise Juvenile Justice Act
Jul 10, 2014

With crime trends showing spiraling cases of involvement of juveniles in heinous crimes likes rapes and murders, the Central Government has decided to revise the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 to give more teeth to the Juvenile Justice Board in deciding the fate of the young culprits.

The Woman and Child Development (WCD) Ministry has proposed, in cases of juvenile in the age group of 16-18 years involvement in heinous crimes such as rape, gang-rape and murder, the Juvenile Justice Board will decide whether the juvenile should be sent to observation home or require a trial under a regular court.


In case of a child alleged to be in conflict with law who has completed 16th year of age as on the date of commission of an offence under sections 302, 326A, 376, 376A or 376D of IPC, the JJ Board shall conduct an inquiry regarding the premeditated nature of such offence, the mitigating circumstances in which such an offence was committed, the culpability of the child on committing such offence.


It will then pass an order for continued adjucation of the case in accordance with the provisions of this Act or to transfer such case to the court having jurisdiction over such offence. However according to the Bill, in no case the juvenile involved in a heinous crime will be sentenced to death or life imprisonment either when tried under the provisions of JJ Act or under the provisions of IPC. 


The decision comes almost a year after the role of the juvenile in the December 16 gang-rape case which sparked off a debate over lowering the age limit for juveniles involved in heinous crimes and trying them under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code applicable for adults. Apart from that, the revised version also calls for heavy penalty for children homes operating without registration and reporting abuse.

 

 


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