Thursday, Nov 20, 2014

Security at juvenile homes: Govt, police submit suggestions

Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: May 20, 2014 3:20 am

Weeks after the Delhi High Court directed the Department of Women and Child Development and the Delhi Police to come up with a solution to the security problems plaguing juvenile observation homes in the city, the two government agencies have finally come to a consensus for a temporary arrangement.

The court directions had come as a result of several incidents of violence, arson and escape from Juvenile homes last year.

On Monday, the Delhi Police, through Additional Solicitor General Siddharth Luthra, filed an affidavit before the court of Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice Vibhu Bakhru stating that the two departments had come to a consensus.

According to the affidavit, under the new policy, officials at the juvenile homes can contact the police command room, which is headed by an assistant commissioner of police, in case of emergent situations, while for other issues they can get in touch with the nodal officers who are joint commissioner-level officers.

The affidavit also states that the arrangement will be implemented for three months, following which will be reviewed and any gaps would be rectified.

The WCD had earlier asked for a dedicated police unit and had sought appointment of a joint commissioner-level nodal officer to coordinate with the department in case any emergency situation or violence erupted at a juvenile home. The police had, however, opposed the proposal of the WCD, and had put forward its alternate proposals, arguing that the juvenile homes could contact the ACP of the command room at the headquarters, since the ACP would have the reserve police and the PCR systems.

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