Policy Brief 06/11/2023
This brief highlights critical issues and recommendations concerning juvenile justice in Pakistan. It addresses shortcomings in the Juvenile Justice System Act of 2018 (JJSA), including judicial discretion, inadequate definitions, and challenges in implementing its provisions. Furthermore, it emphasizes the need for specialized training and sensitivity regarding child rights in the legal system. Pakistan’s low global rankings in child rights underscore the urgency of reform, as neglecting children’s needs can contribute to a rise in criminal populations. In conclusion, the imperative is to establish a juvenile justice system reflective of democratic ideals and committed to safeguarding the rights and well-being of the country’s youth.