Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: The NDA government on Tuesday tabled the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014 in the Lok Sabha.
The Bill was tabled by Union Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi.
Earlier, this month the Union Cabinet cleared the proposal which will empower the Juvenile Justice Board to decide whether a juvenile above 16 years involved in heinous crimes such as rape is to be sent to a observation home or tried in a regular court.
The proposed changes in the law come against the backdrop of outrage over the lighter punishment of three years in a reform home given to a minor convicted in the December 16, 2012 Delhi gang-rape case.
However, according to the Bill, in no case the juvenile involved in a heinous crime will be sentenced to death or life imprisonment either when tried under the provisions of JJ Act or under the provisions of IPC.
The proposed amendments also included facilitating faster adoption of children and setting up foster care homes.