Authored by Shramana Sengupta, law student from Brainware University, Kolkata
Even in the present scenario of our world, the rates of youth crime have been seen to be fallen since the mid of 1990s. Yet, there is a presence of fear between the public groups along with political rhetoric over this as the issue has heightened. Often, to be focused on the reasons of its happening, there lays an underlying problem behind this which mostly includes child poverty, irregularity and immaturity in terms of decision-making processes or any social disadvantage which leads to youth crime. From a certain standpoint, the adolescent offenders generally get caught in the crossfire between nurturance of childhood and punishment of criminals.
Moreover, amid this arousing debate, the Department of the National Research Council’s Panel on Juvenile Crime steps ahead with an authoritative review of the best available analyzed data. Only because of the juvenile crimes it affects not only the victims of the crime, but also it equally forbids their family members to lead a positive life and therefore brings a partial challenge to the society as a whole. Further to highlight some other portions of this we can also find that the most profound consequences of these crimes relate to either their socio-economic or psychological problems which leads them to get involved in crimes like robberies, rapes, etc. even including consumption of alcohol and drugs. Therefore, the victims who commit these juvenile crimes, they not only challenge their future but also degrades their mindsets which further leads them to commit even more heinous crimes in their lives that generally causes a big mislead to the society as a whole, moreover, to the nation itself.
- Concept of Crime
- Historical Background of Juvenile Justice
- Who is a Juvenile?
- Present Perception on Juvenile Justice
- Laws relating to Juvenile Crime
- Case Laws in Brief