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Government to Repeal and Renact Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act

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The issue of amendments to Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 (56 of 2000) (JJ Act), the primary law relating to juveniles/child in conflict with law (JCL) and children in need of care and protection (CNCP), has been under consideration of the Government of India. The Act has been amended earlier on two occasions in 2006 and 2011.

2. Over the last few years, concerns regarding protection of children and implementation issues related to the legislation have arisen, which need to be addressed as a priority through strengthening of existing provisions and introduction of new clauses in the Act. Discussions with States/UTs and Civil Society organisations have brought out various issues :

a) Increase in reported incidents of abuse of children in institutions, families and communities;
b) Inadequate facilities, quality of care and rehabilitation measures in Homes;
c) Delays in various processes under the Act, such as decisions by Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) and Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs) leading to high pendency of cases;
d) Delay in adoption process ;
e) Inadequate provisions to deal with offences against children;
f) provisions related to juveniles in conflict with law, in the age group of 16 to 18 years etc.

3. It has now been decided to repeal and re-enact the JJ Act, 2000. A draft of the proposed Juvenile Justice(Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014 incorporating the suggestions already received during previous consultation process has been prepared.

A copy of the draft Bill is placed on the website of the Ministry for suggestions /comments from the Civil Society Organisations, Non-Government Organisations and Individuals, who are encouraged to review the provisions of the proposed Bill and send their comments (not more than five A4 size pages) to the Ministry at email id vivek.joshi@nic.in with a copy to ashi.kapoor@nic.in, jyotimathur21 @yahoo.co.in within 15 days of the publication of this notice in website of the Ministry i.e. latest by 03.07.2014 till 6:00 pm.

DRAFT JUVENILE JUSTICE ACT FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS

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