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NCJ Number: 135725 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Justice System in India (From Resource Material Series No. 38, P 25-33, 1990, United Nations Asia and Far East Institute -- See NCJ-135723)
Author(s): H Singh
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 9
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Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Japan
Annotation: The problem of juvenile delinquency must be examined from the perspective of the prevailing cultural norms, the perception of the types of unacceptable juvenile behavior, and the manner in which such behaviors manifest themselves in a particular country. In India, the society is characterized by a number of socio-cultural and economic conditions that impact on the juvenile delinquency situation.
Abstract: While the traditional social structure has been centered around the institutions of family, community, and cultural bonds, the country is currently passing through a socio-economic transition that is changing all those relationships. However, the family remains the most effective instrument of care, control, and stability for children; government housing, education, and industrial policies are geared toward protecting the integrity of the family unit. As juvenile delinquency increases, the authority for the management of socially deviant children is becoming more centralized and more dependent upon strict law enforcement measures. India's constitution and supporting legislation have resulted in the development of a system for the prevention and control of delinquency within an overall framework of social welfare. The Juvenile Justice Act lays out a comprehensive scheme for the care, protection, treatment, and rehabilitation of neglected and delinquent juveniles and for the adjudication of certain matters relating to delinquents. This progressive legislation has restructured the juvenile correctional system, relying on the family and community to deal with errant youths within the mainstream of social life. 1 table
Main Term(s): Foreign juvenile delinquency; Juvenile justice reform
Index Term(s): Cultural influences; Foreign laws; India
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