Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act

Crime and commensurate punishmentop-ed snap

  1. The editorial highlights limitations of Juvenile Justice Bill, which has few draconian words which can affect the rights of all Indian children in future.
  2. The definition of ‘heinous offences’ is very broad, which includes the offences for which the minimum punishment under IPC or any other law is imprisonment of 7 years or more.
  3. The “principle of fresh start” says that all past records of any juvenile shall be erased under this act, except in special circumstances.
  4. This open-ended special circumstances clause is dangerous and makes child/family vulnerable to racial profiling.

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