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Shortcomings
The Act has been amended earlier on two occasions in 2006 and 2011.
Stating that discussions with various stakeholders have brought to the forefront several shortcomings within the existing Act, the Minister added: “There is a rise in the number of complaints about abuse of children in institutions, families, care and rehabilitation homes and communities.
“Also there is an acute delay in various processes under the Act including decision by Child Welfare Committees and Juvenile Justice Boards leading to high pendency of cases and delayed adoption, etc. We have observed that there is an inadequacy in provisions to deal with offences against children and provisions related to juveniles in conflict with law, in the age group of 16-18 years.’’
Key areas
Explaining that the key areas of concern include streamlining the Central Adoption Resource Authority and ensuring shorter institutional stay for children awaiting adoption besides bringing in heavy penalty for children homes operating without registration and reporting abuse, Ms. Gandhi said: “We are re-looking at heinous crimes being committed by children wherein the case will be directed to the JJ Board which will decide if the child has to be tried by the Board or regular court.”
The wider question the current debate on the JJA poses is: ‘When does their childhood end and adulthood begins?’ The courts have rightly said that the end of childhood can hardly be treated like the deadline for a government job. Unfortunately, that is how the present law treats the border of childhood. It regards the 18th birthday as a truth cast in stone. Even if a male has committed the most horrible act recorded in the recent history of sexual crimes, he must be treated as a juvenile, insists the JJA and its activist supporters. Such insistence leaves the judiciary helpless and understandably irritated with the…...

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