The Juvenile Justice Bill that allows juveniles in the 16-18 years age group accused of heinous crimes to be tried under the adult justice system may be headed for a select committee.
MPs from several parties, including Congress, Samajwadi Party, JD (U) and TMC, have written to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari that the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2015, should be referred to a select committee as there are provisions in the Bill, including the one that conditionally allows juvenile offenders to be tried under IPC, that are too crucial to be taken up without further scrutiny. The Bill is listed for consideration in Rajya Sabha.
“We have written to the chairman saying that there are several sticking points in the Bill that need further deliberations. There is the provision for trying some16-18-year-old offenders under IPC, which has already been rejected once by the standing committee. Also, provisions for rehabilitation of children need more scrutiny,” one of the signatories of the letter told The Indian Express.
The letter has been signed by Anand Sharma, deputy leader of Congress in Rajya Sabha, BJD RS leader Dilip Tirkey, TMC RS leader Derek O’Brien, K C Tyagi of JD(U), Naresh Aggarwal of SP and other members. Sources said there were indications that the government may accede to their demand.