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‘Follow due process to ascertain age of juvenile offenders’

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the chief secretaries of all states and administrators of Union Territories asking them to inform whether due process of law, as laid down in the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, was followed to ascertain the age of juveniles lodged in regular jails or Juvenile Homes. They have to reply within four weeks.

The NHRC took suo-motu cognisance of the issue after it was brought to its notice by Yogesh Dubey, member, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights that during his visit to the Agra jail, 38 juvenile inmates claimed that they were below the age of 18 years on the date of offence for which they were accused. He also said that several juvenile were languishing in Chandigarh,Amritsar, Jaipur, Moradabad, Dhanbad and Lucknow prisons.
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