With all Central ministries giving their approval to amendments to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, it has been placed on the agenda for Wednesday’s cabinet meeting.

The changes in the law come against the backdrop of outrage over the conviction of a minor in the Delhi gang-rape case of December, 2012.

He was tried in a juvenile court last year and sentenced to three years in a reform home.

His lighter punishment had triggered a debate on punishment for juveniles convicted of heinous crimes.

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 Juvenile Justice Act or under the provisions of IPC.

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Cabinet to take up Juvenile Justice Act amendments today.
The proposal is aninitiative to empower Juvenile Justice Board.
The changes in the law comes against the backdrop of outrage over the conviction of a minor in the Delhi gang-rape case of December, 2012.
The lighter punishment to one of the convict considering him juvenile, triggered a debate on punishment for his heinous crime.
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 Juvenile Justice Act or under the provisions of IPC.

Apart from that the amendments also include facilitating faster adoption of children and setting up foster care homes.

The WCD Ministry intends to make the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) the statutory body, which means it will have powers to regulate inter-country adoptions along with issuing guidelines on adoption and related matter.

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