Involvement in bringing reforms in Juvenile Justice System
For the past two and a half decades, Sakthi – Vidiyal has been involved in strengthening the Juvenile Justice system in Tamilnadu. We actively participated in the campaigns and consultations organized to bring reforms in the Juvenile Justice system and shared the success when the government enacted the new legislature “The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2000”. This brought a big shift in the approach towards the children in conflict with law and children in need of care and protection. Principles like ‘principle of dignity and worth’ ‘best interest of the child’ and ‘institutionalization as the last resort’ have brought systemic change in ensuring justice for children coming under the purview of this law.
We continued our journey advocating for progressive changes in the Act and took part in the consultations that resulted in revamping the JJ Act 2000 with Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. We collaborated with other stakeholders in the drafting the bill on Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act which was enacted in the parliament in November 2012.