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Crime rate among children increases, Govt sets up more juvenile homes
9/25/2017 10:52:55 PM
Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Sept 25: As children get involved in heinous crimes, the government is forced to set up more juvenile homes in the valley. A police official said that hundreds of children have been found involved in creating law and order problem in the valley. "Dealing with children becomes a tough job for the police. We can't take any harsh measures on them," the police official said.
The official said that the children found involved in stone pelting are most of the school drop outs. "It has been found that only those children get exploited who don't have surveillance and guidance of parents," the official said. "The children can't be lodged in police stations and are being kept at the valley's lone juvenile home. The Kashmir valley has lone juvenile home at Harwan Srinagar that was established in 2011, looked after by the Social Welfare Department. The juveniles from across the valley involved in crimes are being accommodated there.
"It has received over 1,100 juveniles in the last six years. Most of them have been allegedly involved in law and order problem," an official of the Social Welfare Department, said.
The official said that Harwan juvenile home remains "overcrowded".
"It has not adequate space to accommodate increasing number of juveniles," the official said.
Now, the government would set up juvenile boards and homes in every district of the valley in view of inadequate space at Harwan juvenile home, the official said. These boards and homes are being established under the Integrated Child Protection Scheme.
The official said that recruitment process for staff of boards and homes was at the final stage. "Once the juvenile boards and homes are established, then there is no need to bring juveniles to Srinagar. It is for the convenience of juveniles and their families," the official said.
However, he said that Harwan juvenile home won't be shifted from the present location.
The J&K government signed a MoU with the Centre in 2013 for implementation of the ICPS.
Under the scheme, the state had to set up State Child Protection Society (SCPS), Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs), Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) and Special Juvenile Police Units (SJPUs) in all districts and designate a child welfare officer in each police station. The funding pattern for the implementation of the scheme has been put as 90% (Central Share) and 10% (State Share).
According to the Juvenile Justice Act 2013, the government is to comply with the provisions of Jammu and Kashmir Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2013, and Rules of 2014 made under the Act, which include setting up of the Juvenile Justice Boards. Under the Act, every accused below the age of 18 years should get a humane, kind, child friendly and caring treatment and the police officer should not be in uniform when they talk to the juvenile. No juvenile can be kept in police station at night as per the Act. Box: As the crime rate among children increases in Valley, the government opts for increase in juvenile homes.
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