Holding that juveniles in conflict with law require considerate and sophisticated handling by investigating agencies and judiciary, a Delhi court has granted bail to a minor, who was facing charge of attempt to murder of an eight-year-old.
Terming the interest of juvenile as paramount, Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Jain said that it is not a case of organised crime but an isolated incident and parents are the best persons to look after counselling and treatment of the juvenile.
The bail application of the 16-year-old accused in the case was kept pending by the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) till the completion of Social Investigation Report (SIR).
“Juveniles require considerate, sophisticated and careful handling not only by investigating agency but also by the Juvenile Justice Board and courts.”
It termed the order of JJB as “cryptic order on a cyclostyle performa” while adding that refusal of bail will be contrary to the welfare of the JCL.
According to the prosecution, the 16-year-old juvenile had entered a neighbouring house and attacked an eight-year- old with a knife on August 28.
The victim was taken to hospital and survived. An FIR was registered under Malviya Nagar police station and the juvenile was apprehended and sent to protective custody.
The court said that it is not a case of organised crime or drug abuse but the alleged act has been committed in isolation. “Release of JCL (juveniles in conflict with law) is not likely to bring him in association with any known criminal or expose him to any moral, physical or psychological danger,” the court said while granting him a bail.
The court observed that parents are the best persons to look after the interest and welfare of their child in allrespects, including the need of counselling, treatment or moral support.
“I believe that the JCL in question requires monitoring and support from his parents/family members, teachers and the counselling from the experts, which may be provided to him by his parents and his family members,” the judge said.