Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015: A Critical Scrutiny

By Medha Haradhan, WBNUJS, Kolkata.

The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Bill, 2015 was passed by the Rajya Sabha on 22nd December, 2015. The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015 (hereinafter referred to as “the Act”) seeks to replace the Act of 2000. The new Act has attracted a lot of criticism from various sources for reducing the age of juveniles from 18 to 16 years with respect to heinous crimes. In this article the author will restrict the discussion of the Act only to the provision of trying the juveniles in the age group of 16-18 years as adults and countering the related criticisms. (more…)

Juvenile Justice Act 2015: A Ground-breaking Adoption or a Dicey Alteration

By Anjana Mohan, Symbiosis Law School, Pune.

After years of constant discussion and arguments on whether to replace the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 and giving an apt description to who is a child and how can a child in conflict be tried under different scenarios of committing heinous crimes after the infamous gang rape that took place in Delhi in 2012 and how the juvenile involved was treated, the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 was finally adopted on the 15th of January 2016. The following gives a brief about the various rules and regulations introduced by the new Act and the analysis of the same to find out if there lies a need to substitute the existing rules with more acclimated ones to suit the morality of law. (more…)