Juvenile justice bill passed but will it make a difference?
So finally Juvenile Justice Bill is passed in Rajya Sabha soon after Nirbhaya convict walks free. It’s like saying ‘So sad you lost it, but better luck next time because we have changed rules for you, Cheers to that!’
It is sad that the law which sets Nirbhaya convict free takes victim’s parents into custody for seeking justice. The victim’s identity is revealed but the convict will be given a new identity. What disturbs the most is that the convict has no qualms about his heinous act.
The point is to set an example for others. Too late for Nirbhaya but let us hope the new Bill will curb such crimes in future.
Here is what the new Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2015 says.
The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2015 that will replace the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 states that any person aged between 16 and 18 years and accused of a heinous offence defined as a crime for which there is a sentence of seven years or more under the Indian Penal Code may be tried under the IPC and not the JJ Act if, after a preliminary inquiry, the Juvenile Justice Board feels that the crime was committed with full knowledge and understanding of the consequences. The Bill also lays down adoption norms.