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…)