Juvenile Justice Act, 2000

NEW DELHI 07 MAY 2010

The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, is the primary law for adjudication and disposal of matters relating to children in conflict with law. As pre the information published by the National Crime Records Bureau [NCRB] in Crime in India 2008, the number of juveniles apprehended for different crimes in Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Special & Local Laws (SLL) and disposal of cases in 2008, are given below:

S.No States/UT’s Cases registered under  IPC & SLL  during 2008 Disposal of cases during 2008
1. Andaman & Nicobar 58 36
2. Andhra Pradesh 1622 931
3. Arunachal Pradesh 85 0
4. Assam 644 106
5. Bihar 1244 1186
6. Chattisgarh 3046 1970
7. Chandigarh 162 87
8. Daman & Diu 11 8
9. Dadar & Nagar Haveli 22 22
10. Delhi 523 210
11. Goa 67 59
12. Gujarat 2699 1486
13. Haryana 1799 1498
14. Himachal Pradesh 163 119
15. Jammu and Kashmir 12 8
16. Jharkhand 549 42
17. Karnataka 515 227
18. Kerala 776 342
19. Lakshadweep 0 0
20. Madhya Pradesh 7108 2480
21. Maharashtra 7019 2160
22. Manipur 0 0
23. Meghalaya 139 59
24. Mizoram 70 3
25. Nagaland 0 0
26. Orissa 773 18
27. Punjab 113 95
28. Puducherry 55 54
29. Rajasthan 2352 630
30. Sikkim 37 0
31. Tamil Nadu 1593 431
32. Tripura 43 10
33. Uttar Pradesh 347 127
34. Uttarakhand 157 0
35. West Bengal 707 93
  Total 34507 14497

The Juvenile Justice Act provides that where a juvenile having been charged with offence is produced before a Board, the Board shall hold inquiry in accordance with the provisions of this Act and the inquiry shall be completed within a period of four months from the date of its commencement, unless the period is extended by the Board having regard to the circumstances of the case after recording the reasons in writing for such extension.

The Act further provides that the Chief Judicial Magistrate or the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate as the case may be, shall review the pendency of cases of the Board at every six months, and shall direct the Board to increase the frequency of its sittings or may cause the constitution of additional Boards, wherever needed.

This information was given by Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister of State for Women and Child Development (IC) in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

YSK:PM

(Release ID :61646)

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