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15 SEPTEMBER, 2017 (MAINS)

TODAYS ANSWER WRITING CHALLENGE FROM GS- IIEPT

Q1. The Juvenile Justice (Amendment) Bill, 2015 cleared by the Rajya Sabha aims to replace the existing Indian juvenile delinquency law, Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, so that juveniles in conflict with law in the age group of 16–18, involved in Heinous Offences, can be tried as adults. Critically examine the various issues involved and suggest some alternative steps.  (200 words)

Please write the answer in comments section

  • Osho Korde

    The provision of the bill violates the basic principles of the international juvenile criminal system and our own constitution. More importantly, this would be a regressive move which would run afoul of evidence-based social policy. The age of 16-18 years is the age of various biological changes in the body, which makes the person impulsive. In such times, they are more vulnerable. Often child is found indulged in prostitution, smuggling, extortion etc which is forced on him and he had no choice or knowledge

    Hence, India should make few things clear before taking any steps.
    (1.) India devised novel system of protective and care home for juveniles unlike any other nation. But condition of Care home is very bad lacking education, recreation etc. It should be improved.
    (2.) For juveniles between 16-18 punishment need to increase in case where they commit crime with full knowledge of situations and aftereffects and under no pressure.
    (3.) There should be separate Protection home for long term imprisonment serving juveniles where vocational training and education facilities should be there