After several months of delay in deputing police officers to oversee security arrangements at juvenile observation homes in the capital, the Delhi Police and the Department of Women and Child Development (WCD) are finally homing in on a solution to the issue of improving security at these homes.
The Delhi Police on Friday informed the Delhi High Court that 21 police personnel — in the rank of constables, head constables, ASI, and inspector — have agreed to go on deputation to the WCD department on one rank higher than their current rank.
Police, through senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, also informed the court of Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice R K Gauba that the WCD department will create the required posts and give appointments to the selected personnel.
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The bench directed the city government to indicate its response to police at the earliest and complete the entire exercise of deputing officers in four weeks.
The Delhi High Court had taken suo motu cognizance after a number of incidents of violence and arson were reported from juvenile homes. The court had directed police and WCD department to come up with a joint proposal to maintain law and order at these homes and deploy police personnel there.
Standing counsel for the Delhi government, Raman Duggal, also informed the court that the WCD department would create six posts and select the personnel out of the list given by police.
The deputation process had been delayed as police officers were not keen on going to the WCD department due to lack of incentive.
However, senior advocate and amicus curiae Anoop Bhambani expressed doubts over whether the exercise would succeed, saying as per the affidavit, the list of 21 names has been drawn up in anticipation of “in-principle” approval, which is yet to come from the government.