Amendment in the Juvenile Justice Act 2015
Jan 22, 2016: Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 of Ministry of Women and Child Development has come into force w.e.f 15th January, 2016. This is an Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to children in need of care and protection by catering to their basic needs through proper care, protection, development, treatment, social re-integration, by adopting a child-friendly approach. This Act recognizes the harmful effects of tobacco and tobacco industry’s sinister design to specifically target vulnerable children as their new consumers. In a path breaking amendment to curb the growing menace of tobacco,

The Act has modified Section 77 as follows - it is an offences against a child, if a person gives or causes to be given, to any child any intoxicating liquor or any narcotic drug or tobacco products or psychotropic substance, except on the order of a duly qualified medical practitioner, shall be punishable with rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years and shall also be liable to a fine which may extend up to one lakh rupees. With this act, India has become the only nation in the entire world to impose such a harsh penalty for selling to minors and selling by minors.

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