children are created in the image of God, then... My God is a Juvenile
a child is accused of committing an offence, then the child is known
to be "in conflict with law" or a juvenile delinquent. In India,
there are more than 30,000 children, who are supposed to be "in
conflict with the law."
maximum period a child can be kept in judicial custody is fourteen
days, thus if the child is not released, then every fortnight, the
child is presented in from of the Principal Magistrate, who passes
an order to extend the juvenile custody by another fourteen days.
and documentary filmmaker, Ruzbeh N. Bharucha, whose earlier work
dealt with mother and child in Indian prisons, volunteering as a
social worker, spent time with these children, in the confines of
the cell, where the children waited to be presented in front of
the Principal Magistrate.
book about children in conflict with the law, that focuses more
on the emotional, physical and psychological issues, rather than
only the legal perspective. My God is a Juvenile Delinquent dwells
on the author's journey into the world of children in conflict with
law, his interactions with them, their stories, their point of view,
their angst and often, the loss of childhood and the ruin of countless
book has its cynical, ironic, even funny moments but at its core
is an outrage at how, irrespective of remand homes and psychiatrists,
damage to children’s psyche is irreparable in a country where juvenile
justice, is far from just." - Taru Bahl, livemint.com.
book has been included in the reading list of all Judicial Academies
by a Central order.