It was 24 March 2023. I was just back home from a team retreat in Jim Corbett. As I was showing pictures of the trip to my parents, I got a text on my phone saying, “DJS result out”. For a moment, I froze, I could feel my heart in my throat. I opened the […]
The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 (hereinafter the ‘JJ Act 2015’) was amended in 2021. The Amendment Act of 2021 included multiple modifications in some essential areas of the legislation, including adoption, categorisation of offenses, designated courts, and eligibility criteria for members of Child Welfare Committees (CWCs). The Amendment Act was overwhelmingly supported by both ruling and opposition parties.
Recently, a lawyer representing a child victim of sex abuse was asked by the judge presiding over a POCSO court – ‘is there an independent right of a victim to question a witness in a criminal trial?’ This was prompted after the lawyer representing the child victim suggested a few questions to the Public Prosecutor (PP) to be put to an expert medical witness tendering evidence regarding the age of the victim.