By Asma Praveen

Has the state really taken such steps for the future of the country? Let’s discuss in this article how the state is preventing juvenile delinquency or failing to do so. The Oxford dictionary meaning of juvenile delinquency is the habitual committing of criminal acts or offences by a young person, especially one below the age at which ordinary criminal prosecution is possible. In India, offences committed by any children who are below the age of 18 years will be treated as juveniles. Juvenile in India is treated differently if he/she has committed any criminal offence. India has special laws regarding juvenile offences. The first uniform juvenile law passed in India was the Juvenile Justice Act, 1986, later this law was reconstructed as the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 and lastly the current prevailing law on juvenile justice is Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. This article will cover the journey of juvenile justice laws and the role of the state in preventing juvenile delinquency and how the state has failed in preventing juvenile delinquency in India.