Definition of ‘child in need of protection’ under Juvenile Justice Act is not exhaustive, Supreme Court

Murali Krishnan May 5 2017
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With a view to protect and augment child rights and welfare, the Supreme Court today issued some significant directions in a 10-year old letter petition relating to rights of children.

The Court in its judgment held that the definition of the expression “child in need of care and protection” under Section 2(14) of the Juvenile Justice Act should not be interpreted as an exhaustive definition. Instead, the benefits envisaged for children in need of care and protection should be extended to all such children requiring State care . . .

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