Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000
8. Observation homes.-
1. Any State Government may establish and maintain either by itself or under an agreement with voluntary organizations, observation homes in every district or a group of district, as may be required for the temporary reception of any juvenile in conflict with law during the pendency of any inquiry regarding them under this Act.
2. Where the State Government is of opinion that any institution other than a home established or maintained under sub-section (1), is fit for the temporary reception of juvenile in conflict with law during the pendency of any inquiry regarding them under this Act, it may certify such institution as an observation home for the purpose of this Act.
3. The State Government may, by rules made under this Act, provide for the management of observation homes, including the standards and various types of services to be provided by them for rehabilitation and social integration of a juvenile and the circumstances under which, and the manner in which, the certification of an observation home may be granted or withdrawn.
4. Every juvenile who is not placed under the charge of parent or guardian and is sent to an observation home shall be initially kept in a reception unit of the observation home for preliminary inquiries, care and classification for juveniles according to his age group, such as seven to twelve years, giving due considerations to physical and mental status and degree of the offence committed, for further induction into observation home.