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  • 19 February, 2021

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Juvenile Justice Bill, 2021

  • The Union Cabinet approved amendments to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015.
  • As per the amendment, the district magistrates (DM) and additional district magistrates (ADM) will monitor the functioning of various agencies responsible for implementation of the JJ Act in every district.
  • The DM can independently evaluate juvenile police unit, specialised Child Welfare Committees (CWC) and registered Child Care Institution (CCI).
  • The district child protection unit will function under district magistrate.
  • Before becoming a member of the CWC, background and educational qualification checks will be done.
  • Before registration of a CCI, DM will conduct its capacity and background check, and submit recommendations to state government.
  • The definition of “child in need of care” and protection of the JJ Act has been expanded to include,
    1. Child victims of trafficking and drug abuse and
    2. Children abandoned by their guardian.
  • At present, the Act has three categories of petty, serious and heinous crimes.

There is a proposal to appoint a nodal office in each embassy to monitor the child adopted abroad.

Source: The Indian Express


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