March 17, 2009 12:50:15 am
The Juvenile Justice Board has asked the Delhi Police to fall in line with relevant rules and destroy all files pertaining to juveniles after a reasonable time. This move is aimed at helping delinquent juveniles get rid of the stigma of being on the wrong side of law.
Deciding on a case on the issue of non-removal of a delinquents records even after the passage of considerable time,the Juvenile Justice Board also asked the police not to disclose to anyone any adverse information relating to a person tried for an offence as a juvenile.
The boards direction came in response to a plea by a father who complained that even though ample time had passed,officers at the Narela and Rohini police stations had refused to remove various records pertaining to his sons alleged involvement in a crime.
Allowing his plea,the board cited provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act and said a juvenile shall not suffer from any form of prejudice or disqualification on account of a conviction vis-a-vis their future prospects.
The direction assumes significance,for the Act maintains that such juveniles must not be discriminated against at any stage of their lives because of their involvement in any act of delinquency.
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