36 OB­SER­VA­TION HOMES TO BE CRE­ATED FOR JU­VE­NILE CON­VICTS

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Moushumi Das Gupta moushumi.gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: With Par­lia­ment ap­prov­ing a more strin­gent ju­ve­nile jus­tice bill that al­lows 16-to-18-year-olds ac­cused of heinous crimes such as rape and mur­der to be tried as adults, the gov­ern­ment has be­gun work on the next step of this key re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pol­icy.

The women and child de­vel­op­ment min­istry has ap­proved the set­ting up of 36 borstals or ob­ser­va­tion homes across In­dia where such ju­ve­niles will be kept post-con­vic­tion, in­stead of in reg­u­lar pris­ons, till they turn 21.

“Af­ter that, his case will be re­viewed by the Ju­ve­nile Jus­tice Board. If the board feels there is still scope to re­form the 21-yearold, he will be sent back to a borstal. Oth­er­wise, he will have to go to an adult prison,” said a min­istry of­fi­cial.

Presently, all ju­ve­nile (un­der18) of­fend­ers are kept in re­form homes, ir­re­spec­tive of the sever­ity of their crime. They can be con­fined for a max­i­mum of three years.

“We don’t think it is pru­dent to put all of them to­gether. A day af­ter the ju­ve­nile jus­tice bill was passed in Ra­jya Sabha, we ap­proved the pro­posal to set up 36 borstals or ob­ser­va­tion homes across In­dia,” women and child de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Maneka Gandhi told Hin­dus­tan Times.

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