The Delhi High Court on Tuesday pulled up the Delhi government for failing to implement a number of reforms and policies as directed by the court to prevent incarceration of juveniles in jails meant for adults,in violation of Juvenile Justice Act.
Referring to a report filed by Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DLSA) in February,High Court bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice V K Jain took note of DLSAs submission that a number of directions passed by the court hadnt been implemented by various government agencies concerned.
Delhi Police is supposed to file an age memo with the file,when producing an accused before a magistrate,but in a number of cases,we see that the file does not contain the age memo, said DLSA Member Secretary Brijesh Sethi,who appeared before the court to apprise the court of the details in the report. Sethi also told the court that the Board of Visitors for jails,which was mandated by the Prisons Rules of 1988,had not yet been constituted for Tihar jail. Sethi also pointed out further shortcomings in the steps taken by the Delhi Police,Tihar authorities,government hospitals,and various government departments,including the Juvenile Justice Boards.
The High Court,which is monitoring the issue of incarceration of juveniles,was expected to pass further directions to the government agencies in this regard on Tuesday. However,following Sethis submissions,the court asked the DLSA to provide a more detailed report of the steps that were to have been taken by each government agency responsible,and the status of compliance,so that it could pass more specific directions targeted at each agency.
During inspections carried out by the DLSA and the NCPCR in November and December 2012 in the Tihar and Rohini jails,over 1,300 persons suspected to be juveniles were examined,and 109 were found to have been wrongly incarcerated in adult jails.