Juvenile Delinquency

June 8, 2024

Juvenile delinquency in India refers to the participation of minors (individuals below the age of 18) in illegal activities or antisocial behaviour that violates the law. The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, governs the treatment and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders, focusing on their welfare and reintegration into society rather than punitive measures. The Act recognizes that juveniles are still developing emotionally and intellectually and may engage in delinquent behaviour due to various factors such as peer pressure, family issues, or socio-economic circumstances. The juvenile justice system aims to prevent juvenile delinquency through measures such as counselling, education, vocational training, and community-based programs. When a juvenile commits an offence, they may be dealt with through diversionary measures such as warnings, cautions, or probation, depending on the severity of the offence and the juvenile’s circumstances. In cases of serious offences, juveniles may be placed in special homes or rehabilitation centres, with the focus on their rehabilitation and reintegration into society. Juvenile delinquency is a complex issue that requires a multifaceted approach involving families, communities, schools, and government agencies to address its underlying causes and prevent recidivism.


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