Spurt in crime by juveniles: 9 cases last Jan, 17 this Jan in Chandigarh

The Juvenile Justice Board recently held guilty two juveniles of committing unnatural offence in a case dating back to November 2015.

Written by Swati Mahajan | Chandigarh | Updated: April 10, 2016 9:15 am

In broad daylight, a juvenile, a resident of Dadu Majra, was caught re-handed while snatching money at a petrol pump in December last year. Complainant Hemraj was coming from Delhi to Chandigarh when the juvenile snatched the money from him.

The Juvenile Justice Board recently held guilty two juveniles of committing unnatural offence in a case dating back to November 2015.

Another juvenile was recently granted bail in a theft case by the Juvenile Justice Board. He was arrested for stealing a motorbike on July 16, 2015.

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THE COUNT of juveniles indulging in crime is increasing day by day. If the number of cases that the Juvenile Justice Board takes up on a daily basis are to be believed, nine cases were registered against juveniles in January 2015 while 17 cases were registered in January this year.

Commenting on the present state of affairs, Child Rights Commission chairperson Devi Sirohi said, “To ensure that children are not in a conflict with crime, we should keep a track of them since childhood. It is something which we learn at home and can be corrected at an early stage. If the family has good communication with the children, the chances of these kids committing crime is very low.”

She added, “For those children who get into crime, we have our Juvenile Justice Act which send such children to correction homes. In these homes the children are guided and educated. There is skill development so that these children can keep themselves busy with the new things they have learned.”

Agreeing with her, Niel Roberts, chairperson of Child Welfare Committee, said, “We are here to provide counselling and help to children. Whenever there is a crime against children or by children, we have to be present. Definitely increasing crime by children is worrisome but we need to reform the children at home as home is the first school of every child.”

Among the cases pending with the board, most pertain to small robberies like stealing AC spare parts and snatching purses. There are also cases in which the juveniles have committed heinous crimes like rape and sodomy.

The oldest cases pending with the board date back to October 2013. As per the Juvenile Justice Act, the case should be disposed of within three months of institution.

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