Consider the following statements with respect to Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015:

  1. Under the act, a minor who is above 16, if accused of committing any crime, will be tried as an adult during assessment
  2. The juvenile justice board has a mandatory provision for a women member in the board

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

Answer: [B] Only 2

First statement is incorrect because the act asks for treatment of a juvenile as adult only when committing a ‘heinous crime’, which is defined as an offence that attracts at least a jail term of seven years or more under Indian Penal Code. Second statement is correct. The act says that the board shall consist of a Metropolitan Magistrate or a Judicial Magistrate of First Class with minimum three years of experience, and the board must have a female member.


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