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DCW Chief writes to BJP, Congress Presidents on juvenile justice bill

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New Delhi: Delhi Commission for Women Chief Swati Maliwal on Tuesday appealed to BJP President Amit Shah and Congress President Sonia Gandhi to get the Juvenile Justice Amendment Bill passed in the current session of parliament.

In a letter to Amit Shah, Maliwal said, “On behalf of all Nirbhayas in the country, I request you to kindly ensure that the parliamentarians of your party discuss the bill and ensure that the amendment to the Juvenile Justice Act is passed in this session of parliament.”

“If required, the session may be extended till the bill is passed. India has failed to provide justice to Jyoti Singh (also known as ‘Nirbhaya’) and many other ‘Nirbhayas’,” Maliwal wrote.

In her letter to Sonia Gandhi, she said, “I am extremely disturbed that such a crucial bill has been pending for long in the Rajya Sabha,” and that it should be passed in the ongoing session.

It should be ensured that no more ‘Nibhayas’ were denied justice on account of certain provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act, Maliwal said.

The proposed amendment to the Act would allow a much stricter treatment of a juvenile committing a heinous crime than is currently provided.

‘Nirbhaya’, a 23-year-old paramedical student, was gang-raped and brutalized in a moving bus in Delhi on 16 December 2012. She later died of her injuries.

One of the six accused who were later convicted of the crime was a juvenile. His release on December 20 from a correctional home in the national capital led to protests and calls for an amendment to the Juvenile Justice Act.

The parents of ‘Nirbhaya’ on Monday led a massive demonstration in the national capital to demand an amendment to the law.

Earlier, the amendment bill was listed for discussion and passing in the Rajya Sabha on Monday.(IANS)

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Juvenile bill sanctioned by House

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New Delhi: On Tuesday, the parliament passed the juvenile justice bill, a day after members cutting across party lines concurred that the important legislation should be commenced immediately.

Those between 16 and 18 years of age should be considered as adults for heinous offences as provided by the bill.  Also, anyone between the age of 16 and 18 who perpetrates a less serious offence may be tried as an adult if he is apprehended after he attains the age of 21.

Key provisions of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2015

· Juveniles aged 16-18 accused of heinous crimes (rape, murder) to be tried as adults

· Could face imprisonment up to 7 years but won’t get life sentence or death penalty

· Juvenile Justice Board to decide if every accused minor should be tried under Juvenile Justice Act or in regular trial court

· Juveniles convicted under the regular justice system cannot contest polls and are ineligible for government jobs

· Corporal punishment has been made an offence and is punishable between 6 months and 3 years in jail

· Employing a child for begging will invite up to 10 years in jail

· Use of children by militants will carry up to 7 years in jail

Currently, a juvenile incriminated (under 18 years) is tried by the Juvenile Justice Board and if convicted, sent to a reform home for a period of maximum 3 years ( as in the case of Nirbhaya gang rape and the recently-released convict).

On Tuesday, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said a custodial institution for young offenders would be set up as per the proposed law to house juveniles accused of horrendous crimes. The existing law emboldened the juvenile crime, she said.

“Juvenile’s crime is increasing at a rapid speed. Children walk into police stations saying we have murdered, send us to a juvenile home.”

Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said there should be a seperate place for the juvenile convicts and they should not be kept in jail with “hardened criminals”.

M. Venkaiah Naidu, Parliamentary Affairs Minister said that the bill has been listed several times by the government in the monsoon season as well as the winter season, but it could not be taken up. The law will not be applicable on the rape convict who has already been released.

However, none of the notices to send the bill to a house panel were presented to Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien.

Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Sitaram Yechurycalled it an emotional move and questioned, ” if a 15-year or 11-months old commits a crime will the definition be changed again?”

Kurien, however, said there was no proposal to send the bill to a panel, after which members of the Left parties staged a walkout.

The bill was passed through voice vote after that.

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Juvenile justice bill passed in Rajya Sabha after marathon debate

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Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi welcomes the passage of the bill.

Satisfied that the bill has been passed: Nirbhaya’s mother

The juvenile justice bill passed in Rajya Sabha through a voice vote. The bill will now be sent to President Pranab Mukherjee who will sign it into the law.

Left walks out of Rajya Sabha as the House votes on the juvenile justice bill.

Rajya Sabha votes on the juvenile justice bill.

Send the bill to juvenile justice bill to select committee: CPM’s Sitaram Yechury

If poverty was the reason behind rapes, how can Sweden which does not have a single poor person has the highest number of rapes? Can we explain it? That’s nature versus nurture: Meneka Gandhi

There is going to be a thorough inspection of juvenile homes: Meneka Gandhi

Meneka Gandhi, Minister of Women and Child Development, makes her statement in Rajya Sabha.

When there is no sex education and pornography is freely available to children on the internet, how are we going to address this issue? Asks Renuka Chaudhary, Congress

I have heard everyone talking about rape… Boys get raped as well, but this issue is not even discussed: Renuka Chaudhary, Congress

Let’s pass the bill because the country does not wish to wait any longer: Anand Sharma, Congress

In the bill, definition of heinous crimes needs more clarity: Anand Sharma, Congress

I’m glad today we have decided to pass this bill: Naresh Gujral, SAD

I urge the House that there are many lacunas in the bill which should be addressed: Anand Sharma, Congress

There should be more clarity in the bill with regard to ‘henous crimes’. What constitues ‘heinous’ crimes? Asks Anand Sharma, Congress

The House must ask if tough laws can deter crimes in India… There is a need for a social awakening: Anand Sharma, Congress

After the horryfing Nirbhaya case, a need was felt to lower the age of juvenile convicts to be treated as adults: Anand Sharma, Congress

Dawood Ibrahim when he first committed a crime in Mumbai was a juvenile and now he is India’s most wanted: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena

The House must respect the sentiments of Nirbhaya’s mother and pass this bill: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena

I want the minister to tell me in this bill there is a provision stating that if a juvenile commits a crime, special juvenile police will take over the case instead of state police. Sir, please tell me which state has the juvenile police?: K Keshava Rao, TRS

There is no hurry to pass the bill. Let the government send it to a select committee and consider suggestions made by parliamentarians: DMK MP Kanimozhi

DMK MP Kanimozhi starts speaking over juvenile justice bill.

Deputy Speaker in Rajya Sabha furious after Anil Madhav Dave argues with him. 

The fact that a boy capable of committing rape is considered a juvenile speaks volumes about our pathetic judicial system: Anil Madhav Dave, BJP

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children,” Gowda ends his speech quoting Nelson Mandela.

We must create a system which focuses on the reformation of the children: Rajeev Gowda, Congress

There is a lot of work that needs to be done. Institutions need to be built. It must not stop at the passing of this bill as the future of our children is at stake: Rajeev Chandrashekhar, Independent MP

BJP MP Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi objects to Satish Candra Mishra’s remark asking Union Minister V K Singh to be sent to a reform home. The Speaker assures to look into the records and take appropriate action.

Need to impart moral values among children in schools: Satish Candra Mishra, BSP

I urge the House to reconsider the provision in the proposed bill that ensures that if a child commits a heinous crime, he will forever be deprived of livelihood as he will not be employed by either the government or the private sector: A Navneethakrishnan, AIADMK MP

Which is a bigger crime? If I sell the child or I offer drugs to a child? Both, I guess. But if we look at the current bill we have different penalties for them. Five years imprisonment if I sell a child and seven years for offering drugs to him. This needs to change: Derek o’brien

If our children are becoming criminals, you and I are responsible… Consider changing reform period from 3 to 7 years: Derek o’brien

Juvenile justice should be on the foundation of rehabilitation and reform: Derek o’brien

Unfortunately, due to the apathy of our so-called national parties, it is left to the regional parties to raise the issues of national importance: Derek o’brien  

I wonder whether or not the two major parties have lost grip on the public opinion… I stand here to support the bill: TMC MP Derek o’brien  

If a 13 or 14-year-old boy commits rape, will we further lower the age? Asks Rajya Sabha MP Anu Aga

I am against lowering the age of juvenile convicts to be treated as adults to 16 in rape cases: Rajya Sabha MP Anu Aga

India can’t progress if its women and children are not looked after by the government and the society: Samajwadi Party’s Ravi Prakash Verma

If these children are continued to be ignored, it will have disastrous consequences. The children need guidance and help from the government. I wish to reiterate piecemeal remedies will not solve this issue: Samajwadi Party’s Ravi Prakash Verma

I want to ask how the children who should have been in schools are being allowed to be used by criminals for their nefarious activities. Even in Delhi, there is nobody to take care of thousands of children: Samajwadi Party’s Ravi Prakash Verma

Piecemeal measures like making laws will not suffice when it comes to crimes against women: Samajwadi Party’s Ravi Prakash Verma

It is a pity that the national media highlights only a few issues while ignoring other important problems: Samajwadi Party’s Ravi Prakash Verma

Samajwadi Party MP Ravi Prakash Verma speaks on the juvenile justice bill.

Good lights, better patrolling in areas prone to crimes against women will work as a deterrence: Ghulam Nabi Azad

The juvenile convicts must be kept at special observation homes, away from hardened criminals so that they do not get radicalised: Ghulam Nabi Azad

I congratulate Nirbhaya’s mother for saying that she’s fighting this battle for all daughters of India, not just for her daughter: Ghulam Nabi Azad

The debate would not have taken place on this issue if the juvenile convict in the Nirbhaya case was not released: Ghulam Nabi Azad

I was the Union Health Minister when the shocking incident took place and I was fortunate enough to meet the victim and her family. I do not have the gumption to describe her condition: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Nirbhaya’s case was heart-rending and shocking. The incident shook the collective conscience of the nation: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad speaks on the juvenile justice bill. Nirbhaya’s family had met him on Monday in this regard.

BJP MP agrees with Derek o’brien, says ready for the debate and pass the bill on Tuesday.

TMC MP Derek o’brien urges the Speaker to debate the bill at length and then pass it on Tuesday itself.

Earlier, Nirbhaya’s parents met Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who assured the former that the bill would be passed in the House on Tuesday.

Let’s pass the juvenile justice bill, especially when Nirbhaya’s parents are present in the House: Meneka Gandhi

BJP MP Meneka Gandhi speaks in Rajya Sabha on the need to pass the juvenile justice bill.

Pass juvenile justice bill: Nirbhaya’s parents

New Delhi: The parents of the December 16 gang-rape victim on Tuesday met central minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to demand early passage of the juvenile justice bill in parliament.

“We have been assured that the bill will be passed in the Rajya Sabha today (Tuesday),” Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi told the media after the meeting at Naqvi’s residence here.

“He (juvenile convict) would not have been released if this bill had been passed six months ago. Though it has been delayed, we want this bill to be passed in parliament at the earliest,” she added.

Naqvi said: “We have held discussions with all concerned. All parties are of the view that the bill should be passed.”

Nirbhaya, a 23-year-old paramedical student, was gang-raped and brutalised in a moving bus in Delhi in 2012.

The juvenile convicted for the 2012 gang rape was released from a correctional home in the national capital on December 20.

The juvenile justice bill was listed for discussion and passing in the Rajya Sabha on Monday after demands from members, amid protests over the release of the December 16 gang-rape juvenile convict.

The parents of ‘Nirbhaya’ on Monday led a massive demonstration in the national capital to demand an amendment to the Juvenile Justice Act of 2000 so as to treat a juvenile committing a heinous crime as an adult offender.

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Pass juvenile justice bill: Nirbhaya’s parents

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New Delhi: The parents of Nirbhaya on Tuesday met MP Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to demand the early passage of the juvenile justice bill in parliament.

“We have been assured that the bill will be passed in the Rajya Sabha today (Tuesday),” Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi told the media after the meeting at Naqvi’s residence here.

“He (juvenile convict) would not have been released if this bill had been passed six months ago. Though it has been delayed, we want this bill to be passed in parliament at the earliest,” she added.

Naqvi said, “We have held discussions with all concerned. All parties are of the view that the bill should be passed.”

Nirbhaya, a 23-year-old paramedical student, was gang-raped and brutalised in a moving bus in Delhi 2012.

The juvenile convicted of the 2012 gang rape was released from a reformation home in the national capital on December 20.

The juvenile justice bill was listed yesterday for discussion and passing in the Rajya Sabha after demands from members, amidst protests over the release of the December 16 gang-rape juvenile convict.

The parents of ‘Nirbhaya’ on Monday led a massive demonstration in the national capital to demand an amendment to the Juvenile Justice Act of 2000 so as to treat a juvenile committing a heinous crime as an adult offender. (IANS)