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Analysis of Juvenile Crime

Crime committed by juveniles in India and the law pertaining to it has been the subject of debate and concern, primarily because of a perceived rise of violent crime and the proposal (and eventual amendment in 2015) of treating juvenile offenders involved in heinous crimes as adults. This evokes an enquiry into the various aspects of crime committed by juveniles, such as the trend of such crime over time, the socio-economic characteristics of juvenile offenders, and the role of the state in dealing with it.

Understanding Juvenile Crime

There is increasing clamour to lower the age for juvenile-accused and demands to try them as adults in the court of law. Based on fieldwork in juvenile homes in Delhi, this article highlights the lack of awareness about the juvenile justice system among inmates of juvenile homes. Changing the law may be an important step but there should be more emphasis on educating juvenile offenders about their legal rights.
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