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Amendment in Juvenile Justice Act

In a meeting held by the Ministry of Home Affairs with Chief Secretaries of the State Governments and Director Generals of Police on 4.1.2013, a suggestion was made regarding lowering of the age of juveniles. However, the Committee on Amendments to Criminal Law under the Chairmanship of Justice J.S. Verma (Retd.), in its recommendations submitted on 23.1.2013, has not supported the suggestion regarding reduction of the age of the child in conflict with law. Accordingly, the Ministry of Women and Child Development is presently not considering any amendment to lower the age of children in conflict with law under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 (JJ Act).

Other suggestions received from various organizations regarding amendments to the JJ Act include, inter-alia, penal provision for non registration of Homes for children; strengthening of provisions related to adoption of children; clarity in the roles of Child Welfare Committees and Juvenile Justice Boards; special provisions for children in conflict with law who have committed heinous crimes; and trial of such children in conflict with law in adult courts. These suggestions are under consideration of the Ministry.

As per the Information furnished by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the details of cognizable IPC crimes committed by minors in Delhi during the years 2009, 2010 and 2011 are mentioned below.

CASES REPORTED AGAINST MINOR (CHILDREN IN CONFLICT WITH LAW) IN DELHI DURING 2009-2011

Sl

Crime Head

2009

2010

2011

1

MURDER

57

35

37

2

ATTEMPT TO COMMIT MURDER

32

22

24

3

C.H. NOT AMOUNTING MURDER

3

0

0

4

RAPE

26

37

47

5

KIDNAPPING & ABDUCTION

8

11

30

6

DACOITY

4

0

1

7

PREP. & ASSB. FOR DACOITY

1

1

1

8

ROBBERY

31

54

64

9

BURGLARY

28

22

31

10

THEFTS

120

81

259

11

RIOTS

3

2

0

12

CRIMINAL BREACH OF TRUST

0

0

1

13

CHEATING

3

2

28

14

COUNTERFEITING

1

0

0

15

ARSON

0

0

0

16

HURT/GRIEVOUS HURT

63

44

72

17

DOWRY DEATHS

0

0

0

18

MOLESTATION

6

8

10

19

SEXUAL HARRASSMENT

0

0

3

20

CRUELTY BY HUSBAND OR RELATIVES

0

1

0

21

IMPORTATION OF GIRLS

0

0

0

22

CAUSING DEATH BY NEGLIGENCE

8

0

0

23

OTHER IPC CRIMES

58

96

143

 

TOTAL COGNIZABLE IPC CRIMES

452

416

751

This was stated by Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister for Women and Child Development, in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha today.

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