The Juvenile Justice Amendment bill which was introduced for parliamentary approval with immediacy in the Rajya Sabha after the juvenile rapist in the Nirbhaya case was released has finally been passed.
The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday decided to pass the bill which proposes trial of juveniles as adults who are between the ages of 16 and 18, depending upon the nature of their crime.
Though the bill has been passed, it hasn’t been passed with full consensus. The historic vote was not unanimous with some MPs voicing concern about the bill calling it a crime against children. Some other MPs suggested forming a new committee to look into the matter because the juvenile in the Nirbhaya case had already been freed.
Under the Juvenile Justice Amendment bill, children aged between 16 and 18 will be liable to jurisdiction as adults if the crime is considered as ‘heinous’. The Juvenile Justice Board will take over the matter of effectively reforming the child.