JUVENILE DELINQUENCY: NATURE AND CHARACTERISTICS:
As per the current definition, the term ‘Juvenile Delinquents’ or 'Children in Conflict with the Law' refers to any person below the age of 18 who has come in contact with the justice system as a result of committing a crime or being suspected of committing a crime. It may be kept in mind that, the figures for juvenile delinquency till 2000 were collected as per the definition of Juvenile justice Act, 1986. Male below the age of 16 years and female below the age of 18 years were considered as Juveniles in this Act. The Act was amended in 2000 according to which, the age of juvenile male and females was brought at par as below the age of 18 years.
JUVENILE CRIME TURNS FOCUS ON VALUE EDUCATION:
Taking note of the increase in the number of individuals with good educational background indulging in crimes such as abduction, extortion and cyber crime, the school education department has asked schools to lay more stress on instilling values in students and moulding their character into becoming responsible citizens of the country and not merely focusing on students' academic progress.
At a meeting of representatives of city schools conducted by the department of school education on Tuesday, officials urged teachers to pay more attention to student behaviour and correctional measures.
Borstal Schools are a type of youth detention center and are used exclusively for the imprisonment of minors or juveniles. The primary objective of Borstal Schools is to ensure care, welfare and rehabilitation of young offenders in an environment suitable for children and keep them away from contaminating atmosphere of the prison. The juveniles in conflict with law detained in Borstal Schools are provided various vocational training and education with the help of trained teachers. The emphasis is given on the education, training and moral influence conducive for their reformation and prevention of crime.