JJ Act

JJ ActThe Juvenile Justice Act of 2000 (India)
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The board arrived at its decision after examining the physical and mental ability of the teenager and after hearing lengthy arguments on the Central Bureau of Investigation plea, which were strongly opposed by defence counsel Sandeep Aneha, who argued that the main purpose of the JJ Act is to ensure a juvenile's welfare.
According to Section 5 of the JJ Act if an inquiry has been initiated in respect of a minor who is below 18 years of age and during the course of such inquiry, the child completes the age of eighteen years, then the inquiry may be continued by the Board and orders may be passed in respect of such person as if the person is a child .
As per the bill, no juvenile involved in a heinous crime will be sentenced to death or life imprisonment either when tried under the provisions of JJ Act or under the provisions of IPC.
"The SC has given this judgement only upholding the definition of a child and also upholding the provisions of the JJ Act," he said.
But if the present act is to become the law then we will not be able to rescue even a single child." He was attending the National consultation convened by Bachpan Bachao Andolan on Monday to discuss Child Labour Prevention and rehabilitation Act and JJ Act.
So, will a change in JJ Act bring in some order and reduce juvenile crimes?
"The JJ Act terms those above 18 as adults, while the IPC says its 12," Swamy said adding "The concept of criminal responsibility needs to be added into the Act and allow the court to differentiate between innocent children and juvenile delinquents".