My God is a
If children are
created in the image of God, then... My God is a Juvenile Delinquent.
When 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."
The 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.
Author 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
A 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 futures.
"The 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 childrens psyche is irreparable in a
country where juvenile justice, is far from just." - Taru Bahl, livemint.com.
This book has been
included in the reading list of all Judicial Academies by a Central order.