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The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) last week expressed concerns regarding the handling and treatment of children who have been accused of crime by the Police whence in custody and called for a separate juvenile justice system to be established.
Chairperson of the NCPA, Dr. Natasha Balendra said that children should be detained separate from adult detainees, adding that there were cases pertaining to the physical and mental abuse of children whilst in custody.

The NCPA commended proposed efforts by the Government and Minister of Justice, Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe to amend the Penal Code to change the minimum age for criminal responsibility from eight years to 12, and allow for Magistrates to use their judicial discretion to decide upon whether criminal responsibility could be assigned to children between the ages of 12 and 14 in cases involving them.
(R LJ)