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Children all over the world are recognised as assets of the state, the future of the states lies in the hand of these young minds. Unfortunately due various social and economic reasons the young generation indulge in illegal acts. With no proper knowledge and care, with lack of opportunities these youngsters ruin their future and that of that of the country all together. Juvenile in its most basic form means someone who is below the age of eighteen years.

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Before 1986 there was no single act and all the states had their own respective ways to govern the juvenile crimes. After 1986, a Juvenile Justice Act came into force, although it was a beginning, there was no change that could have been seen practically. The main aim of the act was to create a difference as to how juveniles are being treated, but it did not make much of a difference then.

The juvenile Justice (care and protection) Act 2015 came into force after a landmark case that woke up the nation, wherein one of the accused was a juvenile and was about to turn major in six months he was thus released with a very minimal sentence the act committed by him was nothing less than heinous.

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Main change introduced by this act was the changed age of juvenile to 16 years or less. Another major reason for its introduction was that the national crime records bureau had reported increase in the juvenile crimes between the ages of 16 to 18 years.

As per as the latest amendments are concerned the juvenile justice amendment bill of 2018 has been introduced in the Lok Sabha. It focuses on giving district magistrates the right to allow adoptions in order make this process easier to deal with. This bill has been introduced by Maneka Gandhi. More than 600 cases of adoption are pending in the courts; such pending matters only end up making the children involved suffer.

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Apart from the legal aspects the act aims at providing a better life to the youth who have gone on the wrong paths. Several rehabilitation and social reintegration measures have been provided for children in conflict with law and those in need of care and protection. Under the institutional care, children are provided with various services including education, health and nutrition, de-addiction, treatment of diseases, vocational training, skill development, life skill education, counselling etc.

To help them assume a constructive role in the society. Several new offences are committed against the children which are not included in any law are covered under this act, this includes: sale and procurement of children for any purpose including legal adoption, corporal punishment in child care institutions, use of child by militant groups offences against disabled children etc.

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All child care institutions whether run by State government or voluntary or Non-governmentalorganisations which are meant either wholly or partially for housing children regardless of whether they receive grants from government are to be mandatorily registered under this act within 6 months of the date of commencement. Lastly one should not forget that a juvenile delinquent could be nothing more than a poor child caught red handed in the struggle for survival and he or she deserves an empathetic treatment.

This post is written by Anshu Sharma, a student of Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies. For subject specific assistance or legal advice, please dial 99888-17966 for LegalSeva.

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