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Children in Bangladesh: Need of intervention in the juvenile justice system

Md. Zahid Hossain


Children occupied the center stage in colonial Bengali literature both as the future citizen subject if males, and as the would-be “good” mother and housewife. Similarly, there has been a commonly seen sympathetic perception towards the children in Bangladesh. Children who commit offenses are generally forgiven with a notion that small child, didn't understand what he did. However, this ‘blanket of innocence’ prevailed in the traditional rural Bangladesh has been rapidly changing because of mass-scale destitution and migration to urban areas. Children with or without families have flocked into cities where they live in subhuman conditions in the streets and slums. Vulnerable to almost any kind of exploitation, these children are inducted into a life of criminality or used by adults to satisfy their criminal ends. In line with this socio-economic scenario, to cope the pace, there has also been momentum in the legal regime. Bangladesh, legally speaking, has started acting on protecting and promoting child rights since 1974 by the enactment of the Children Act and the Children Rules (1976), long before the Convention on the Rights of Child, 1989 (CRC). Apart from the government initiatives, there has been tremendous efford put forward by the NGOs and INGOs to protect and promote child rights including establishment of separate juvenile justice system, which has not yet been materialized and, moreover, lack of awareness in the juvenile justice arena has been remaining in the activities of many judges, lawyers and law enforcers. In this context, a new legislation namely the Children Act, 2012 is underway of enactment


National - Bangladesh

Year Language

2012 English

Category Type

Grey Literature Communication


Exploitation, Justice, Juvenile, Rights


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