Children in conflict with the law are often referred to as 'juveniles'. They are treated less harshly than adults and punished less severely.

Crimes by Children

This explainer discusses the Indian law that punishes children below the age of 18 when they commit a crime. It primarily deals with the law laid out in the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.


Can my 5 or 6 year old child be seen as a criminal in the eyes of the law?

If I was under 18 when I committed the crime but over 18 when I was arrested, how will I be tried?

What jail are minors sent to?

How does the Board decide when to detain me?

Can the police arrest me without telling my parents?

How long can the police hold a child in jail?

Can children be arrested?

What are the guidelines to arrest a minor?