Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
2) “The essence of the Juvenile Justice Act of 2000 is to ensure that the trial in the regular court is offence-oriented and in the juvenile court it is offender-oriented.” How far do you think the Juvenile Justice Act of 2000 has been successful in the above aspect? Discuss.(250 words)
Why this question:
The article discusses in detail the nuances of Juvenile Justice Act of 2000, the amendments to which have given scope to try a juvenile as an adult too in specific cases.
Demand of the question:
The answer must discuss in detail and provide for an analysis as to how far the act successfully achieves juvenile’s justice.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Define what you understand by a juvenile, the definition given by the Juvenile Justice Act of 2000.
First explain the basic features of the act.
Then move on to explain the circumstances when a juvenile is tried as an adult, when not. The Juvenile Justice Act of 2000 was amended in 2015 with a provision allowing for Children in Conflict with Law (CCL) to be tried as adults under certain circumstances.
The amended Act distinguishes children in the age group 16-18 as a category which can be tried as adults if they are alleged to have committed a heinous offence — one that attracts a minimum punishment of seven years. The Act does not, however, make it mandatory for all children in this age group to be tried as adults. With above points form a fair and balanced opinion.
Conclude with way forward and significance of such landmark acts.