According to the latest draft model rules for the juvenile justice law, police can no longer register an FIR against under-age offenders who are accused of minor offences.
The latest draft of the juvenile justice law was unveiled by the Union Women and Child Development (UWCD) minister Maneka Gandhi on May 25, who said that this new child-friendly provisions will be part of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.
Maneka added that barring crimes for which an FIR can be registered, all other juvenile related cases would be handled by the special juvenile police unit.
These child welfare police officers will in turn record the offence in a general diary and the juvenile offenders will then get medical and legal aid while their guardians are informed.
Other provisions include:
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The draft also asks the state governments to set up at least one “place of safety” for the rehabilitation of these children and the juveniles that have been convicted of heinous crimes.
In above case, the child welfare police officer will have to produce statements of witnesses and investigation reports within a month to prove the crime.
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Till now such offenders were tried by the Juvenile Justice Board and then sent to a child correctional home for a maximum of three years if convicted.
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The decision on above will be now on the board, that if they want a case should be tried by a regular court.