Delhi’s 10 child welfare committees, tasked with rehabilitating 10,000 lost or rescued children every year, are often pulled up by city’s courts. But with limited autonomy, insufficient training for its members and frequent jurisdictional tussles, the road ahead remains uphill. Abhishek Angad reports:
Around 2,300 CCIs are linked to CARA, while another 4,000 remain pending for linkage. Gandhi brought to notice that the 2,300 institutions linked to CARA were not under an adoption system.
Kaur had been booked for assaulting her stepdaughter and fracturing her leg. She was videographed carrying out the assault by her stepson, the own brother of the five-year-old victim.
Parents of the students approached the police last week, alleging that their children had been treated differently and cruelly by school teachers and the principal.
“If you (Centre) are not serious about children, file an affidavit that you are not concerned about children. We will say Government of India is indispensable and will dismiss the plea,” the bench said.
The case was highlighted as the accused teenager who was short of 18 years, had allegedly drove his father’s Mercedes over 32-year-old Siddharth Sharma on April 4.
Since the juvenile is a repeat offender, the case may be considered under the new Juvenile Justice Act, which allows juveniles in conflict with law — aged between 16 and 18 years — to be tried as adults.
“If we put a child who does not deserve to be sent to the adult criminal justice system, he will be in great trouble,” he said.
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The Act, passed by the Rajya Sabha in the winter session of Parliament, received President Pranab Mukherjee’s assent on December 31.
While Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands display high numbers of criminal activity, India stands with Yemen and Lebanon in the lower zone.
The amendment seeks to give the body powers of a civil court including the authority to order police to arrest an accused in cases of crime against women, investigate, summon and penalise
According to data released by the NCRB, 36.1 per cent of cases against juveniles were pending disposal in courts while seven per cent cases resulted in acquittals or were disposed of.
The girl had allegedly gone missing in 2013. Her parents had filed an FIR on charges of kidnapping against the accused.
Sending juveniles to jail is counterproductive. India must reconsider the JJ act amendment.