The Upper House of Parliament on Monday witnessed a passionate call demanding an expeditious passage of the amendments to the Juvenile Justice Act to allow children between 16-18 years to be tried as adults in heinous crime cases. The members of Rajya Sabha, especially the Opposition, sought the discussion on the matter to be advanced. The consensus was reached later in the afternoon that bill will be brought and discussed on Tuesday.
Earlier in the morning, pitching for an urgent discussion on the amendments to the Juvenile Justice Act, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’ Brien apprised that he has given a notice under rule 267 seeking suspension of business and taking up the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2014.
“It is incumbent upon the House to listen to what is going on outside,” he said adding there are just three days left for the Winter session.
Countering him, MoS Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the bill was listed on December 8, 10 and 11 and it is due to be listed for discussion on Tuesday. “We have listed it for tomorrow,” he said, adding that if there is a consensus in the House then the bill could be taken up for discussion today itself.
Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien too said “the government has to list the bill,” while observing that Trinamool MP Derek O’Brien has raised a relevant point.
Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad too stressed that the Congress party had at an all-party meeting last week had “agreed to its passage”.
“The Congress party is committed to support the juvenile justice bill in the Upper house,” Ghulam Nabi Azad said.
Early on Monday, the Supreme Court had rejected a petition against the release of the youngest convict in ‘December 16’ gangrape, who was tried as a juvenile. The apex court had cited that there are no legal provisions to hold or restrict the release of juvenile convicts, even if there are deep apprehensions against it, once they have completed their sentence period.
(With inputs from the PTI)