Juvenile, Not Delinquent Children in Conflict with the Law (Paperback)

Juvenile, Not Delinquent Children in Conflict with the Law By Enakshi Ganguly, Kalpana Purushothaman, Puneeta Roy Cover Image

Juvenile, Not Delinquent Children in Conflict with the Law (Paperback)


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The past decade has seen an insidious and unforgiving position take root on the

purpose of juvenile justice in India, seen as it is-especially in the aftermath of

the Nirbhaya case in 2012-as an instrument of punishment and not of reform.

The desire to make the law retributive and not compassionate stems from what

one of the authors calls 'the blindness of privilege'. This book offers a much

needed critique of such a skewed understanding of the law, pulling us out of our

comfort zone, and confronting us with the grim reality of India's juvenile justice


The authors write from long years of experience of working with 'Children in

Conflict with Law', or CICL, as the Juvenile Justice Act terms offending minors.

In the first part of the book, noted child rights activist Enakshi Ganguly discusses

not only the history and evolution of the law in India-from the colonial period

to the present-but also its pitfalls and the often overwhelming problems in

dealing with the system. The second part of the book contains two poignant

first-person accounts of working among the CICL by Kalpana Purushothaman,

a trained psychologist and a member of a Juvenile Justice Board in Karnataka,

and Puneeta Roy, who translates her skills in expressive arts into offering tools

to interned children for self-empowerment and healing. The personal anecdotes

and case studies they share, and the sheer resilience of their optimism, challenge

the deeply biased assumptions that prevent us from seeing the child behind the

offender and which perpetuate injustice against this most vulnerable of groups.

Product Details ISBN: 9789354474477
ISBN-10: 9354474470
Publisher: Speaking Tiger Books
Publication Date: January 20th, 2023
Pages: 232
Language: English