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Amendments To The Juvenile Justice Act 2015 : Highlights

Amendments To The Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 :

The Union Cabinet has approved the amendments to the Juvenile Justice Care and Protection of Children Act, 2015 on February 17, 2021.

  • The amendment proposes that the DMs, ADMs will monitor the functioning of agencies that are implementing this activity in each district.
  • After this amendment, the Child Protection Unit of districts will function under the District Magistrate (DMs).
  • Now, the DMs can independently evaluate Child Welfare Committee and the Specialised Juvenile Police Unit.
  • He can check the capacity and background of the Child Care Institute, following which they will be recommended for registration.
  • The amendments authorize the District Magistrate along with Additional District Magistrate to issue the adoption orders in accordance with Section 61 of the Juvenile justice act.
  • It will now ensure the speedy disposal of cases and also enhance accountability.
  • The amendments also empower the District Magistrates to ensure its smooth implementation and garner the synergized efforts to support the children in distress conditions.

Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015

  • The act was passed by the Parliament of India by replacing the Indian juvenile delinquency law called the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000.
  • This act allows the juveniles, aged 16 to 18 who are in conflict with Law and are involved in Heinous Offences, to be tried as adults.
  • It also seeks to create a universally accessible adoption law in India.
  • The Act came into force in 2016. In order to smoothen the procedures for the orphan, abandoned, and surrendered children the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) was given the status of statutory body.