Mangaluru, Aug 21, 2015: The number of juvenile crime cases in DK District is very less. If there were nine such cases in 2013, there were only two and four cases in 2014 and 2015 respectively, informed NS Patil, Chairman of Juvenile Justice Board, Chief Judicial Magistrate and District Principal Civil Judge Justice NS Patil.
He was speaking at an informative workshop and a review meeting on juvenile crime cases, POCSO Act and management of juvenile delinquents, held at the District Police Community Hall here on August 20, Thursday.
Justice Patil said though as per the Juvenile Justice Act a juvenile delinquent can be arrested by any police personnel right from a senior officer to a constable, the Child Welfare Officer plays a crucial role in conducting the interrogation and producing the juvenile delinquent before the Juvenile Justice Board. Regretting that this rule has not been followed, he said such errors should not be repeated.
Justice Patil further stated that the District Juvenile Justice Board has a total of 180 cases to be settled of which 100 are in the process of hearing. The hearing is conducted at the Bala Mandir at Bondel once a week, he added.
Dr Sharanappa, SP who also spoke said the hearing process in a case involving a minor will have to be completed within four months once the final report is submitted. He said the PSI of each station has been appointed as Child Welfare Officer. They have also been imparted necessary training on how to deal with juvenile delinquents, he added.
The SP also made a request to the public including the media not to make public the names of juvenile delinquents or their parents. Anyone found violation this will face a suo moto case from the Police Department, he warned.
Raveena from the Gender Sensitivity Department of the office of Additional DIG, Bengaluru, Vincent Shanthakumar, Additional SP and others were present.