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Activist decries Juvenile Justice Bill

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GUWAHATI, Oct 29 - Expressing strong dissatisfaction with the present format of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill as passed by the Lok Sabha, child right activist Mahendrasingh M Sengar has said that it is a violation of constitutional provisions, international laws and Supreme Court judgements.

Addressing the media here today, Sengar, who is also associated with an organisation, the Northeast for Child Rights, said that making the law more draconian without addressing the root cause of the problem would only aggravate the problem.

Claiming that the Bill as passed by the Lok Sabha, still treats children as adults, he said that it also engages in serious violation of several constitutional provisions. Hence, its relevant clauses should be reviewed in the light of the Constitution. He further added that several clauses of the Bill come into conflict with the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC).

�The proposed JJ Act would push the children towards the criminal justice system meant for adults, which is against the very principle of the Indian Constitution, which aims at ensuring the safety and welfare of the children. Through this, we are looking for a quick remedy of crimes conducted by children, without delving deeper,� he said.

�Though I have written to the Lok Sabha Speaker and the Rajya Sabha Chairman for not passing the Bill in its present format, response only came from the Rajya Sabha Chairman. The Bill has been sent to the Ministry of Women and Child Development with a copy of my representation to take appropriate action on the matter,� he added.

�Timely action will avoid bringing unconstitutional catastrophe on the children as well as avoid a situation similar to the one in which the nation had recently witnessed in case of the Judicial Appointment Commission Act, 2014,� he cautioned.

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Activist decries Juvenile Justice Bill

GUWAHATI, Oct 29 - Expressing strong dissatisfaction with the present format of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill as passed by the Lok Sabha, child right activist Mahendrasingh M Sengar has said that it is a violation of constitutional provisions, international laws and Supreme Court judgements.

Addressing the media here today, Sengar, who is also associated with an organisation, the Northeast for Child Rights, said that making the law more draconian without addressing the root cause of the problem would only aggravate the problem.

Claiming that the Bill as passed by the Lok Sabha, still treats children as adults, he said that it also engages in serious violation of several constitutional provisions. Hence, its relevant clauses should be reviewed in the light of the Constitution. He further added that several clauses of the Bill come into conflict with the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC).

�The proposed JJ Act would push the children towards the criminal justice system meant for adults, which is against the very principle of the Indian Constitution, which aims at ensuring the safety and welfare of the children. Through this, we are looking for a quick remedy of crimes conducted by children, without delving deeper,� he said.

�Though I have written to the Lok Sabha Speaker and the Rajya Sabha Chairman for not passing the Bill in its present format, response only came from the Rajya Sabha Chairman. The Bill has been sent to the Ministry of Women and Child Development with a copy of my representation to take appropriate action on the matter,� he added.

�Timely action will avoid bringing unconstitutional catastrophe on the children as well as avoid a situation similar to the one in which the nation had recently witnessed in case of the Judicial Appointment Commission Act, 2014,� he cautioned.

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