Importance Of Juvenile Justice

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REFORMS ARE NEEDED IN JUVENILE JUSTICE
By
J.E.PADMAJA
MA(Eco), LLM(Const.law),(Ph.d) OU
Working as Assistant Professor in Dr.B.R.Ambedkar Law College,
Bhaglingampaly, Hyderabad.
Cell No: 9440531731
Mail Id: gpadmaja40@gmail.com
INTRODUCTION:
There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children. In our country children are considered as a gift from the heaven and if the child is a boy then nothing could be more soothing for the family and from the very beginning children are exempted from severe punishment for any wrong committed on their part irrespective of the gravity of the Act. The juvenile justice system in India contemplates the legal response with respect to two categories of children, namely those who are 'in conflict with law' (an individual under the age of 18 years who is accused of committing an offence); and those 'in need of care and protection' (children from deprived and marginalized sections of society as well as those with different needs and vulnerabilities). The juvenile justice policy in India is structured around the Constitutional mandate prescribed in the language of Articles 15(3), 39
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There is truth to this perception, since in 2011, the Juvenile Justice Board ordered the SJPU (Special Juvenile Police Unit) to take stringent action against adults pushing juveniles into organized crimes. This was echoed by various parliamentarians in the recent debate on the Juvenile Justice Bill. Even if this is accepted, concluding that some juveniles to be tried as adults is an abdication of state responsibility. It is the job of the State to ensure that law and order is maintained, and that organized gangs are not able to exploit children. Our efforts would be better utilized in trying to check this tendency, rather than penalizing the

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