GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Women and Child Development
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1381
ANSWERED ON DECEMBER 04, 2014
Special Juvenile Police Units
1381. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state;
(a) the number of Special Juvenile Police Units (SJPU) in the country, State-wise;
(b) whether Government is aware that several districts lacks SJPUs; and
(c) the steps Government seeks to take to ensure a child-friendly procedure for reporting,recording of evidence, investigation and trial of the offences?
MINISTER OF WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
(SHRIMATI MANEKA SANJAY GANDHI)
(a) & (b): No such data is maintained centrally in the Ministry of Women and ChildDevelopment.
(c): The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 is based on theprinciple of providing care, protection and treatment by catering to the developmentneeds of the child, by adopting a child-friendly approach in the adjudication anddisposition of matters in the best interest of children and for their ultimate rehabilitation.The Central Model Rules, 2007 under the Act also lay down Fundamental Principlesthat are to be followed in the implementation of the Act. These Principles include:presumption of innocence, principle of dignity and worth, principle of right to be heard,principle of best interest, etc. The Act and the Rules emphasize child friendlyprocedures for reporting, recording of evidence, investigation and trial of the offencessuch as Special Juvenile Police Units to deal with juveniles, social worker as memberof the board, no juvenile to be sent to lockup, child friendly procedure in theproceedings of the Juvenile Justice Board, etc.