The much hype over the juvenile bill has finally come to an end.
Parliament on Tuesday passed the juvenile justice bill, a day after members cutting across party lines agreed that the important legislation should be taken up immediately.
Easyshiksha hereby outlines the features of this bill and mention what the previous bill proposed.
The bill provides for the trial of those between 16 and 18 years of age as adults for heinous offences. Also, anyone between the age of 16 and 18 who commits a less serious offence may be tried as an adult if he is apprehended after he attains the age of 21.
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Key provisions of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2015
- Juveniles aged 16-18 accused of heinous crimes (rape, murder) to be tried as adults
- Could face imprisonment up to 7 years but won’t get life sentence or death penalty
- Juvenile Justice Board to decide if every accused minor should be tried under Juvenile Justice Act or in regular trial court
- Juveniles convicted under the regular justice system cannot contest polls and are ineligible for government jobs
- Corporal punishment has been made an offence and is punishable between 6 months and 3 years in jail
- Employing a child for begging will invite up to 10 years in jail
- Use of children by militants will carry up to 7 years in jail
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The law at present
Currently, a juvenile accused (under 18 years) is tried by the Juvenile Justice Board and if convicted, sent to a reform home for a maximum of 3 years — as in the case of the recently-released convict in the December 16 , 2012, gang rape.
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