Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha member Priyanka Chaturvedi has claimed that the Union government passed amendments to the Juvenile Justice Act in the Upper House of Parliament without discussion. Her statement on the matter reads: “The Union government's decision to pass the Juvenile Justice Bill without hearing the views of the opposition is nothing but arrogance. The amendments in the passed bill are anti-justice and work against the children.'
The amendments are 'oblivious' of the challenges faced by juveniles in shelter homes or those who are awaiting adoption, Chaturvedi said, adding that the amendments effected by the bill will be detrimental to children's interest by giving more powers to district magistrates. She went on to say: 'It shows how shamelessly the government will focus on the centralization of power.”
The bill empowers district magistrates rather than courts 'to decide the future of a child, and makes these officials 'the sole and overarching authority to take a call on shelter homes, compliance, adoptions without any need for judicial intervention,' Chaturvedi claimed.