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Media Coverage of the Amendments to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015

MEDIA-MAPPING RESEARCH:

The objective of on-going media-mapping research at ACJ is to study the media coverage and editorial discretion with respect to the print media coverage of the Amendments to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. In accordance with the research objective, to map the media coverage of the amendments to the Juvenile Justice Act, this study will examine the coverage of the legislation in the print media, from the tabling of the Bill to its passage in Parliament. This research will use content analysis as a method to analyze the print media coverage both quantitatively and qualitatively.

The trajectory of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 in the Parliament is as follows: The Bill was tabled in the Budget Session on 12th August, 2014 by Maneka Gandhi, Minister for Women and Child Development in the Lok Sabha. However, the Bill was passed only in the 2015 Winter Session of Parliament on 22nd December. Between the Budget Session of 2014 and the Winter Session of 2015, Indian Parliament was convened for three times, and the Juvenile Justice Bill was listed for consideration and passage during this period.

For this study, two leading English dailies, The Hindu and The Times of India (Chennai edition) and two leading Tamil dailies, Dinathanthi and Dinamalar will be studied for the period of eighteen months, from 15th July 2014 to 15th January, 2016. Articles regarding this theme will be collected systematically by going through the print version and inferences will be arrived at systematically.

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