An Overview on the Development and Current Scenario of the Juvenile Justice System in India

  • Siani J.A
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  • Siani J.A

    Advocate at Madras High Court (Madurai Bench), Madurai, TN, India.

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Juvenile delinquency is rising as one of the country's alarming issue which must be profoundly examined. Juvenile delinquency is the term used to describe the criminal acts of the individuals who have not completed 18 years of age. Juvenile Justice is a legal framework which seeks to provide justice for the juveniles and gives special approaches towards the prevention and rehabilitation of the delinquents. The present issue faced by our country is that the legislations so far enacted are not sufficient to create retribution to uphold the faith in our judiciary and deterrence among the Juveniles for the crime committed by them. There can be different reasons because of which the juveniles upset the settled cultural standards and disrupt the lawful norms. Age cannot be used as a loophole to escape after committing heinous crimes like murder and rape with a minimum punishment as it prompts the abuse of the Statutes in the hands of the wrongdoers. The historical backdrop of the juvenile justice system in India can be traced back to the early 1850’s. The juvenile justice system was the immediate outcome of the changes and the advancements in the Western Ideas. On the whole this paper studies about the emergence and the present status of the legislative measures pertaining to the Juvenile Justice system in India.




International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 4, Issue 3, Page 1818 - 1822


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