Juvenile Justice Act
The Indian Parliament has passed the Juvenile Justice Act. It is the juvenile delinquency law that would replace the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000. With the passing of the new law, juveniles aged between sixteen and eighteen involved in atrocious crimes could be tried as adults. The act came into effect on 15th January 2016. As per this act, a Juvenile Justice Board comprising of among others, sociologists and psychologists will decide if a child could be treated as an adult or not for a particular case. Many MPs protested the passing of this law. The bill was introduced in the parliament by the minister for women and child development, Maneka Gandhi.