"No plans to reduce age of juveniles"
New Delhi, Feb 27 : The government on Wednesday said it has no plans not considering any amendment to lower the age of children in conflict with law under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 (JJ Act).
In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath said: "In a meeting held by the Ministry of Home Affairs with Chief Secretaries of the State Governments and Director Generals of Police on 4.1.2013, a suggestion was made regarding lowering of the age of juveniles."
"However, the Committee on Amendments to Criminal Law under the Chairmanship of Justice J.S. Verma (Retd.), in its recommendations submitted on 23.1.2013, has not supported the suggestion regarding reduction of the age of the child in conflict with law," she said.
Tirath said: "Accordingly, the Ministry of Women and Child Development is presently not considering any amendment to lower the age of children in conflict with law under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 (JJ Act)."
She said: "Other suggestions received from various organizations regarding amendments to the JJ Act include, inter-alia, penal provision for non registration of Homes for children; strengthening of provisions related to adoption of children; clarity in the roles of Child Welfare Committees and Juvenile Justice Boards; special provisions for children in conflict with law who have committed heinous crimes; and trial of such children in conflict with law in adult courts. "
The minister said these suggestions are under consideration of the Ministry.
The clamour to amend laws dealing with juveniles grew louder recently following the Delhi gangrape case in December last year.
One of the accused in the case is a minor.