Children are the future of our nation and it is the primary responsibility of every one to support them and ensure a dignified and a safe environment for them to live in. While acknowledging the need for a legal framework for protection, treatment and rehabilitation of children in need of care, it has also become the need of the hour to address the alarming rise in juvenile delinquency in India. Keeping in view the need for deliberations on Juvenile Justice Law in India, School of Law, NCU, organized a workshop on ‘Introduction to Juvenile Justice Act: Law and Principles’ in association with Bachpan Bachao Andolan and on 7 Feb 2019.

The workshop was conducted by Ms Jyoti Mathur, Director (Training), Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, and Ms Chhaya Khosla, and former Panel Advocate of Delhi Legal Services Authority. Addressing the students, Ms Jyoti gave a brief history of the juvenile justice law in India. She deliberated on the principles of juvenile justice and critically analysed the procedure laid down in the recently enacted Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, to deal with juveniles in conflict with law and those in need of care and protection. Emphasizing on a child-centric approach, Ms Mathur dealt with the crucial role of the Juvenile Justice Board and Child Welfare Committee in dealing with the problems of such children. Ms Chhaya Khosla shared her experiences and challenges of dealing with delinquent juveniles who are produced before the Juvenile Justice Board. The workshop concluded with an interactive session. The workshop was coordinated by Ms. Unanza Gulzar and Ms Archana Sarma.