Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act

Rajya Sabha to take up Juvenile Bill today

Public anger at the release of the juvenile convict in the Delhi gang rape case.

  1. This has compelled MPs, transcending party lines, to agree to bring for consideration in Rajya Sabha the proposed amendments to the Juvenile Justice Act.
  2. The amendments, interestingly, have already been through a Standing Committee of Parliament that wanted the cut-off age to be 18.
  3. Committee had stressed that though the spike in juvenile crime, as reflected in NCRB data had been the reason cited for the amendments.
  4. The NCRB data was misleading as it was based on FIRs and not actual convictions.
  5. Therefore, it had suggested that the approach towards juvenile offenders should be reformative and rehabilitative.

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