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Juvenile Justice - A Hard Look

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Criminology and Forensic Science, Karnatak Science College, Dharwad, Karnatak, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 2, Issue (1), Pages 38-40, January,14 (2013)

Abstract

Juvenile Justice in India is governed by the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000. It is a successor to the Juvenile Justice Act, 1986 and has been enacted to correct glaring loopholes that were a characteristic feature of its predecessor, through entirely not without failings of its own. These statutes have been enacted in the recent past with not even a time gap of a quarter of a century as against present times. This chapter explores the situation of juvenile justice in India. The paper focuses on the issue of age determination – possibly the biggest loophole when it comes to misusing the statute that was legislated with the intent of being child friendly and the objective of meeting the requirements of conventions on the rights of the child.

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