Home Minister R R Patil on Thursday made four promises to parents and relatives of Shubham Shirke,who was allegedly kidnapped and murdered by his friends for ransom. Patil visited the Shirkes on Thursday,five days after the incident.
First,Patil agreed to send a proposal to the Central government to make amendments in the Juvenile Justice Act and reduce the age of juvenile from 18 to 16 years. There are other states in the country where the age of juveniles has been reduced considering the severity of crimes committed by juveniles, said Sudhir Nikam,Shubhams uncle,who was present during Patils visit. The Home Minister also promised to engage senior criminal lawyer Ujjwal Nikam to take up the case,once it stands in court.
Patil also promised to set up a police chowky at Dighi as soon as possible. The area also meets the criterion of 40,000 population for setting up a police station. He promised to help with Shubhams younger brothers school admission as the family plans to shift base from Dighi.
A 24-hour childrens helpline for the city where citizens will be able to inform about crime against children will also be planned,Patil said.
Shubham,a resident of Adarsha Nagar in Dighi,was allegedly abducted and then murdered by three teenagers on Saturday for Rs 50,000. As per the Juvenile Justice Act,two of the three boys arrested in the case were sent to a remand home as both were minors,aged 15. The third suspect,19-year-old Amit Nair of Apte Colony,Bhosari,was remanded in police custody.