Children (Amendment) Bill 2018 was placed in parliament on Tuesday for bringing amendments to some sections of Children Act 2013 to remove some problems in applying the existing law.
Social welfare minister Rashed Khan Menon moved the bill in the house.
The bill was sent to the concerned parliament standing committee for further examination. The committee was asked to submit the scrutiny report within seven days.
In the proposed amendment the term ‘children court’ in the existing law would be replaced by ‘children court or magistrate court or any other court’.
Under the proposed law, the cases filed in children court comprising of additional session judge were not ready for trial would be transferred to the magistrate court concerned.
According to the proposed law, the process of transfer of the cases from the court concerned would have to complete within 90 working days after proposed Children (Amendment) Act 2018 was put into effect. If not possible to transfer the cases within the stipulated time the session judge concerned could increase the deadline 45 days more.
Children Act 1974 was formulated to ensure welfare, protection and rights of children for making them suitable for building up the nation, it was said in the bill adding that Children Act 2013 was formulated making Children Act 1974 time-befitting.
The Children (Amendment) Bill 2018 was placed in placed in parliament for bringing some amendments to the existing law for creating some problems of application of the law, the bill said.
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