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The Juvenile Justice Act

4 Feb

Yes, this blog is about the juvenile act age but since its my first blog, I would take a para or two to say a little about myself so that readers don’t feel betrayed.

Though I had registered this Blog long back and was in two minds whether my blogs will find readers or not but a few days back a sweet human(whose blogs I read) told me that even I can write a blog so I thought I shall try my hand at it. Also, I guess its not my headache that I must write something nice, if at all it is, its the readers’ who might feel,”I wasted my five minutes on this shit.” In any case since its I am not face to face I am safe even if the readers want to tear my hair. Good luck to you all(and your hair)!!!!!

I registered this blog at the time of the first Lokpal agitations to write and though I registered it on my official email id but registered a pseudo name to avoid any attention but in the hind sight I guess its good that I didn’t make it totally anonymous(registered a Twitter handle too) else likes of Kapil Sibbal(I respect elders but not those who call everyone by name but have respect for a certain “Rahul ji”) would have said, “People write and run away”.

Last but the most important disclosure I must make is that I am very bad at remembering names and dates(yes, I have committed the crime which will send shivers down the spine of any male…I forgot my girlfriend’s birthday in the very first year of our togetherness). So, please excuse me if I forget the name of the person who said the words(can be the most famous people) or goof up with the dates.

I got this message on Whats App or BBM…

Teacher was teaching Mahabaratha to 5th std students. “Kans heard Devaki’s 8th son wud kill him. So he put Devaki & Vasudev in prison. 1st child was born. Kans killed it by poison. 2nd Kans killed by sword. 3rd was born n so on…

At this point a boy raised his hand for a doubt.

Teacher : What?

Boy : “If Kans knew that the 8th son wud kill him, why did he put Devaki & Vasudev in SAME jail?”
Teacher fainted !! 
Generation gap, but common sense !

The writer would have written it as a joke and its a decent one too(at least it made me smile) but if we read between the lines, there is a grave reality. Yes, in today’s era a 5th standard(or even younger) student knows whats needed to have kids.

The main reason behind this debate suddenly coming to the forefront is the 16th December Delhi rape case and a 17 year old guy being the main accused in it. So, let’s make it as a test case and move further.

I have seen umpteen number of discussions on TV where people are still defending the age to be 18 years. I really don’t understand in what day and age they are living that they think this demon can be reformed. I have never met any of these people but would like to ask them only one question. ARE THEY WILLING TO TAKE THIS GUY TO THEIR HOME ONCE HE IS OUT OF THE REFORM HOUSE AFTER SIGNING AN AFFIDAVIT THAT IF HE COMMITS ANY CRIME AGAIN THEY TOO SHALL BE TRIED AS A CO-ACCUSED IN THE CASE????

Read somewhere that people and societies who don’t change themselves with time are doomed. I guess this intellectual would have meant even the rules and laws should change with the time. If we look at simple things like using a personal computer, the age by which one learns how to use it properly is decreasing. I never knew anything about sex even after we were taught reproductive systems because I was just taught that sperm and ovum should meet but was never told how do they meet? While the smarter lot of my class too might have known the answer to this “Why” but me being a shy person, had no one to ask about it. In today’s time either people will be from the smarter lot who would have heard/seen and know the answer or they’ll be like me BUT now they don’t need to ask questions to any individual. There is GOOGLE to answer them or even the way today’s newspapers carry articles on rapes(even this 16th Dec case) or the new age cinema is more than enough to guide them. Yes, we do censor our cinema with A certificate but in a country in whose capital where a sight impaired person was given a driving license or main accused of 4000 crore Mr. Anil Bastawade got his passport renewed twice, one can understand how easy it is go and watch a A certificate movie even if one isn’t an adult.

While discussing about this, most of the supports of Juvenile Justice Act say that you mean to say that a kid who stole something out of lust or to feed himself should also be tried like an adult but I really don’t understand how much extra ink will it cost to add a few extra words in the act to make a rapist(along with murderers and terrorists) an exclusion in this act(whatever the amount is, it’ll be much lesser than Pratibha Patil’s foreign trips). Why do we always go to the extremes and play with the rule of everything or nothing? We can always have the exception of rape, murder and war against nation(even Kasab tried to prove himself a juvenile). Most of the countries have changed the age of juveniles with time but we are still stuck with 18. Today, with the news paper, TV, movies and internet’s help kids have become much smarter. Even toddlers ask us questions or make a comment which sometimes totally stump us. There was United Colors of Benetton ad which had condoms of different colors and was displayed at the main entrance of a shopping mall. While standing in the queue for security check, I heard a 2 year kid ask his dad what are these colorful balloons?

One more argument is that these cases happen because of bad parenting. Even if I agree to them, then the parenting norm is not going to change just like that. I am sure a harsher punishment will act as deterrent and an eye opener. When they know that they will loose their kids permanently, all parents will surely change their way of teaching their kids.

I hope the government and the juvenile act supporters take note of this change in the thinking of society and at least take crimes like rape, murder and war against nation out of the act. Also, I hope the government makes these crimes which attract minimum of life imprisonment otherwise going by the numbers of cases being reported, our nation will actually become A BANANA REPUBLIC for us MANGO PEOPLE and the words of one of the most “important” person of our country will come true.

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