Proposed changes to the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000
The bill to amend the Juvenile Justice Act (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 was introduced in the Lok Sabha Tuesday. These are the proposed changes to the bill:
* The age of juvenile who has been accused of crimes such as rape and murder has been lowered to 16 from 18 years.
* Juvenile Justice Board to decide whether a minor will be tried in a regular court or sent to a correctional centre.
* The convicted juveniles may face a jail term but will not be awarded life sentence or death penalty.
* Clarity in the role and procedures of statutory structures such as Child Welfare Committees and Juvenile Justice Boards.
* Offences such as corporal punishment, ragging and using a child for vending, peddling, carrying, supplying or smuggling any intoxicating liquor, narcotic drug added.
* Faster adoption and setting up of foster care homes.
* Strengthening measures for adoption, including providing statutory status to the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA).