Amended Juvenile Justice Act comes into force

Amended Juvenile Justice Act comes into force

Submitted by Subeditor on Sat, 2016-01-16 08:38 New Delhi: The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015, which provides for strengthening of provisions for both children in need of care and protection and children in conflict with law, came into force on Friday, replacing the Juvenile Justice Act 2000. The Rajya Sabha had on December 22 cleared, the Bill, which was already passed by the Lok Sabha on May 7. One key provision in the Act is change in nomenclature from 'juvenile' to 'child' or 'child in conflict with law' to remove the negative connotation associated with the word 'juvenile'. Other important provisions included several new definitions such as orphaned, abandoned and surrendered children, clarity in powers, function and responsibilities of Juvenile Justice Board and Child Welfare Committee and clear timelines for inquiry by Juvenile Justice Board. Special provisions have been made for heinous offences committed by children above the age of sixteen year. The Juvenile Justice Board is given the option to transfer cases of heinous offences by such children to a Children's Court after conducting preliminary assessment. Several new offences committed against children, which are so far not adequately covered under any other law, are included in the Act. These include sale and procurement of children for any purpose including illegal adoption, corporal punishment in child care institutions, and use of child by militant groups. All child care institutions are to be mandatory registered under the Act within 6 months from the date of commencement of the Act. (ANI)