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Debate on Juvenile Justice Act February 5, 2016

Organized by: Debating Development Initiatives
Venue: Classroom 102, 1st floor, Pixel B
Time: 2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

The Juvenile Justice ( Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill 2015 was passed by the Rajya Sabha in December 2015 and had already been ratified by the Lok Sabha in May. This bill was introduced in the Parliament last year int he wake of public furor that was generated with the release of the 17 year old boy who was involved in the Delhi rape case. This has led to a split in public opinion between those who think this amendment will bring about important changes in our justice system and the way we treat juveniles, and those who think this is a regressive act which will cause more harm than benefits. What are the ethical, legal, psychological and moral consequences of such an amendment? Is it looking towards rehabilitating the child in any way or a more retributive form of justice? In situations of heinous crimes such as rape, is it possible for us to show empathy for this child? Is it right to make changes in the law through the influence of public emotion and anger? And is this amendment going to make any relevant changes in the domain of juvenile justice? Numerous questions like this come to mind, and have been discussed ever since this judgment has been passed. We plan to look at this from various perspectives and gain a more nuanced understanding on the issue.

Debating Development Initiative began earlier this year to discuss and debate current affairs from a development perspective. It has evolved into an open, judgement-free space that is co-created by students and faculty to enable a deeper and sustained engagement with contemporary development issues.

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