Lok Sabha passes Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014
Lok Sabha passes Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014 for trying juveniles as adults.
The bill has provision that allows trying of juveniles between the ages of 16 and 18 years as adults for heinous offences.
However, the bill empowers Juvenile Justice Boards (JJB) to examine the nature of crime and decide whether it was committed as a child mind or as an adult mind. Based upon the preliminary inquiry of JJB, juvenile offender will be either sent for rehabilitation or will be tried as an adult.
The Bill also seeks to consolidate and amend the law related to children alleged and found to be in conflict with law and children needing care and protection.
It also has provision for the establishment of Child Welfare Committees (CWC) in each district. The CWC will determine institutional care for juvenile in need of care and protection.