A crumbling facade rocked by political accusations in the parliament brought the Juvenile Justice Amendment bill to its last breath in its aspiration for a legitimate position in the Indian judiciary.


Maneka Gandhi, Minister for Women & Child Development, on Tuesday briefed the parliament about the core technicalities of the Juvenile Justice bill. The minister claimed that the Juvenile Justice bill would introduce a process of effective reformation of juveniles without directly exposing them to punitive measures.


Here are some of the highlights of the Juvenile Justice bill discussed in parliament:


(1) The Juvenile Justice bill, which is being taken up in a lukewarm parliament environment, will effectively reduce the age limit of juveniles liable for punishment from 18 to 16.


(2) If a child commits a crime which is heinous in category, the juvenile will be dealt under the Juvenile Justice Board. The Juvenile Justice Board will decide whether the child committed the crime with an ‘adult’ mind or with a ‘child’ mind.


(3) Under the reform system of the Juvenile Justice bill, the child will not be handled by police but by psychologists, social workers and experts who will enable the child to experience an effective transformation.


(4) A juvenile, if convicted of a heinous crime, will not be sent to an adult jail but will be put in a children’s jail till the age of 21.


(5) When the juvenile reaches 21 years of age, the Juvenile Justice Board with its officials will decide whether the child has marked a positive growth in his mind. If the child hasn’t made any progress, the board will then send the juvenile to an adult jail.



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