National Conference on Juvenile Delinquency: Psychological and Socio-Legal Perspectives

School of Law, Manav Rachna University organized the National Conference on Juvenile
Delinquency: Psychological and Socio-Legal Perspectives on 28 April 2023 in CADR Hall, G
Block. Hon’ble Mr. Justice M.L. Varma, Former Judge at the High Court of Delhi graced the
Inaugural Session as the Chief Guest. Prof. (Dr.) I.K. Bhat delivered a welcome address and
highlighted the importance of education in ensuring that the children grow up to be responsible
and respectable citizens of the country instead of learning to violate the laws. Mr. Bharatendu
Aggarwal, Assistant Professor at School of Law gave a brief presentation on what makes School
of Law, Manav Rachna University different from other law schools. This was followed by an
address by Dr. Shaharyar Asaf Khan, Associate Professor at School of Law addressed the
gathering to brief them about the major theme of the Conference – Juvenile Delinquency with
the help of relevant data and surveys. He emphasized on the duty of the State in keeping the
objective of providing children an educated, safe and child friendly world.

Hon’ble Mr. Justice M.L. Varma gave an insight on how we can contribute to policy making as
law professors and students. He talked at great length on the Juvenile Justice (Care and
Protection of Children) Act, 2015. The deliberations centered around the law relating to juvenile
delinquents. India being the highest in the world needs to make the youth aware of the existing
issues faced at the ground level. The Conference was ana amalgamation of views from
policymakers, academic, advocates etc.
The Inaugural Session was followed by four technical sessions both offline as well as virtual
where over 40 students and academicians presented the papers. The conclusion drawn on the
basis of technical sessions was that a great deal of thought needs to be put on this issue of
juvenile delinquency even though we have adequate safeguards in the form of laws. There’s a
need to prioritize safe childhood globally.
The event was concluded by the Valedictory Session, which was graced by the Special Guest, Ms
Pooja Vashisth, IPS, DCP Central, Faridabad who shared real instances of juvenile delinquents
and emphasised on the role of the society in shaping the children or youth of our country, the
police plays a limited role and they spring into action when the violation of law has already
taken place. The young IPS Officer inspired the students at the School of Law. The Certificates
were awarded to the paper presenters from different Universities and to the student of School
of Law for volunteering in making this Conference a success.