The Women and Child department of the Delhi government on Monday informed the Delhi High Court that it was in the process of “creating” six new posts to handle the safety and security in juvenile homes in the capital after its attempt to depute Delhi Police personnel for the same failed.
The High Court had taken suo motu cognizance of the situation in the juvenile homes after several incidents of violence, escape and arson were reported last year.
The Delhi Police and government had initially mooted the proposal to send officers on deputation to the WCD to co-ordinate the security situation. However, the two departments could not agree on the financial modalities and only one officer volunteered to transfer on deputation.
Delhi government counsel Zubeda Begum told the court of Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice Vipin Sanghi that the government would create six new posts and appoint officials from various departments to take care of the security situation.
The court also asked the government to expedite the process of appointing a “nodal officer” to coordinate with multiple agencies and ensure that observation homes are well maintained.
Meanwhile, in a report submitted to the court during the hearing, the Delhi government claimed that it was in the process of creating a “segregation facility” to keep the “aggressive” and the “habitual” ones away from the other inmates.
The move was suggested after the WCD admitted that there were “habitual” as well as “older” and “hardened” offenders among juveniles, who influenced other inmates.
The report states that the department was considering proposals to raise the boundary walls and construct security posts at the homes.
After several incidents of violence reported in the last years, the High Court had directed the government and the Delhi Police to come up with solutions to problems at juvenile homes. The court had also issued directions to appoint a nodal officer, create proper facilities and enhance security at the homes. So far, however, none of the directions have been complied with.