NGOs, AAP blame govt for not doing home work

Article Source :Times of India

Date of Issue :8th August, 2015

Title of Article :NGOs, AAP blame govt for not doing home work

Details :Several NGOs and political parties accused the Union government for not doing proper homework before clearing the Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children Amendment) Bill, 2014. The bill proposes to treat minors of 16-18 years of age who commit heinous crimes such as rape, murder and acid attacks as adults.

Child Rights and You (CRY), an NGO, though believes that the re-enactment of the Bill will ensure public safety and provide justice to victims but also express apprehension whether the same will serve the purpose. “The Union Cabinet cleared the Juvenile Justice Bill for introduction in the current session of Parliament.

There cannot be any dispute on the society’s need to be safe and juvenile crimes to be prevented. We strongly condemn all sexual violence, be it by adults or juveniles, none of which can be justified by any means whatsoever.

But we also condemn pitching human rights of women against the human rights of children since that will not provide an answer to creating a healthy society We are extremely disappointed and concerned whether this bill will actually serve the purpose, said Komal Ganotra, Director, Policy and Advocacy, CRY. Sanjay Gupta, member of Chetna, an NGO, feels that the Government should have done homework before clear-ing the bills. “There are enough provisions already to deal with the juvenile criminals but problem lies with proper execution. The bill is an eyewash which a manufactured article of no proper data analysation.” .

After 16 December 2012 gangrape and murder in , the national capital, there has been a widespread demand across the country that those above 16 years of age committing heinous crimes should be treated as adults and be tried in courts of law under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code and should not be given the benefit of being juveniles.

Though, AAP agrees that there is a need to penalize those in some form who are of 16 years and above in age, and are found guilty of committing heinous crimes but the party also has opinion that the protection provided in the existing law for the children between 16 and 18 years should not completely be taken away, since a minor below 18 years of age may not fully understand the nature and con- sequences of a particular act or action.