Muzaffarpur shelter home case : Delhi court defers verdict till Jan 14

A Delhi court on Thursday deferred by a month the judgment in the case of alleged sexual and physical assault of several girls at a shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur which was run by former Bihar People’s Party (BPP) MLA Brajesh Thakur. Additional Sessions Judge Sudesh Kumar deferred the verdict till January 14 next year, […]

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Vacancies in bodies under JJ Act affecting implementation: SC

Different authorities constituted under the Juvenile Justice Act are facing vacancies which, in turn, is affecting the effective implementation of the Act, Supreme Court judge Justice Madan Lokur said today. “If authorities constituted under the (Juvenile Justice) Act, such as the juvenile justice boards, state commissions for protection of child rights, special juvenile police units, […]

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Government planning changes in juvenile justice act: Maneka Gandhi

The government is planning special provisions in the current Juvenile Justice Act to address heinous offences committed by children above the age of 16 years, Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi told parliament Friday.The move was aimed to act as a deterrent for child offenders committing such crimes and will also protect the […]

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NGO welcomes SC ruling on juvenile act

An NGO working for children’s rights Friday welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the existing Juvenile Justice Act. The apex court Friday refused to interfere with the age of juveniles in cases where they were found guilty of heinous crimes. It was held by the court that the provisions of the act were in […]

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Delhi HC concerned over ‘misuse’ of kids after adoption

The Delhi High Court Thursday expressed concern over the children given away by parents for adoption, saying there are apprehensions that they “may be misused in child trafficking”. A division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Siddhartha Mridul said “there must be some kind of control” on how to deal with the adoption process […]

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Act against juvenile delinquents’ handlers: Court

The Delhi High Court has directed police to act against adult offenders who use children in thefts. The court while hearing a public interest petition Wednesday said police should follow the guidelines issued by the Juvenile Justice Board Jan 25, 2011 on the matter. A division bench of Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and Justice Manmohan […]

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Plea in SC seeks CBI probe against Asaram

The Supreme Court was moved Thursday seeking a court- monitored CBI probe into the allegation of rape of a minor by spiritual guru Asaram Bapu in Rajasthan. The petition by Chennai-based lawyer Irudaya Nathan sought the effective enforcement of Juvenile Justice Act, 2000 and said the main reason for his moving the apex court was […]

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SC upholds law on reformist treatment to delinquent minors

The Supreme Court Wednesday upheld the Juvenile Justice Act providing for a special reformist approach towards a minor irrespective of the nature of crime committed by him or her, saying that the law aimed to save children in conflict with law from becoming hardened criminals. “The essence of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of […]

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SC seeks Centre’s reply on plea to reinterpret term juvenile

It has been asked by the supreme court for centre’s response to a plea  which sought a fresh interpretation of the term juvenile saying instead of 18 years age limit, the “mental and intellectual maturity” of such offenders be considered while fixing their culpability. “Issue notice. Meanwhile, give a copy (of petition) to the Union […]

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SC issues notice to J&K govt on Juvenile Act

A notice to J&K government has been issued by the Supreme court of India on a PIL seeking implementation of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act in the state. A bench headed by Justice R M Lodha asked the government to respond within four weeks on the plea alleging that there is lack of […]

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