Individual below 18 will be prescribed as a child; Cabinet nod to make amendments

Individual below 18 will be prescribed as a child; Cabinet nod to make amendments

Individual below 18 will be prescribed as a child; Cabinet nod to make amendments

Written by Zulfick Farzan

17 Sep, 2020 | 4:41 pm

Colombo (News 1st); The Cabinet of Minister approved to make amendments to the Ordinance on Child and Youth and the Ordinance on Youth Convicts (Training Schools) prescribing any individual below the age of 18 as a child.

Accordingly, approval was granted to make amendments to prescribe that youth is an individual between 18 and 22 years of age.

A document from the Department of Government Information said an individual less than 14 years has been prescribed as a-child as per the provisions of the Ordinance on Child and Youth.

However, in terms of the Ordinance on Youth Convicts (Training Schools), those between the ages of 16 – 22 have been mentioned as a youth.

Whereas, the judiciary directs the children in regard to the offenses committed by the individuals below 16 years to the certified probationary schools monitored by the Department of Probation for probation activities and for the offenses committed by those individuals exceeding 16 years, the judiciary either sentences to be imprisoned or directs them to the training schools for youth culprits.

However, as per the provisions of the child rights convention, the individuals below the age of 18 years shall not be imposed with the penalty of imprisonment.

Therefore, the Cabinet of Ministers granted approval for the proposal submitted by the Minister of Justice for the amendments of the child and youth ordinance to prescribe as an individual below 18 years as well as parallel to that to amend the youth convicts (training schools) ordinance to prescribe a youth is an individual between 18 and 22 years so the legal contradiction will be solved.

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