Police Training on Juvenile Justice

One Day Training Programme on Juvenile Justice (Care And Protectionof Children) Act, as amended in 2006 for the Police Personnel of Khurda District


Venue: OLS ConferenceHall, Bhubaneswar
Date:29.02.2012
Organised by Open Learning Systems,Bhubaneswar
For the Police Commissionerate, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack

The programme commenced with the introductory speech and welcome address by Mr. Prakash K Rath, Chief Executive Officer of Open Learning Systems who outlined the objectives of the training programme. Mr. Radhanath Mohapatra, ACP (MPCR), Commissionerate Police inaugurated the programme and appreciated the initiatives of OLS in collaborating with the Police in building their capacity in various aspects of communication and changing the public perception and showcasing the humane face of Police. Ms. Snehanjali Mohanty, Training Coordinator, Project Shakti (Juvenile Justice) briefed the participants on the specific objective of the session which are:

  • To sensitize and orient participants to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act as amended in 2006.
  • To create clarity and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of different personnel involved in the implementation of the Act especially the Police.
  • To create awareness on the role of voluntary agencies and community as provided for in the Act.
  • To create an understanding of the concept of rehabilitation and social reintegration and to enable effective options assessment and
  • To facilitate the speedy disposal of the cases.

Ms. Mohanty added that the consultation will deliberate upon the role & responsibilities of police personnel in creation of an enabling atmosphere for the children to lead meaningful life. In particular, sharing of views and ideas will help find out ways and means for ensuring the vulnerable children lead a life with dignity.

Then she requested the delegates to actively participate so that a better planning could emerge. Before starting of the session the delegates were provided with the pre-workshop questionnaire on JJ Act.

The next session was followed by Prof. Girish Chandra Swain on Roles and Responsibilities of Police in effective implementation of Juvenile Justice Act. He highlighted different sections of JJ Act which are applicable for them.

PROVISIONS

  • Section 63: Special Juvenile Police Unit at every police station
  • Police officers to be instructed and trained in child issues
  • Handcuff of juvenile/child prohibited; and no lock-up or jail

PRODUCTION OF JUVENILE IN CONFLICT WITH LAW

  • To produce juvenile before Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) only
  • May hand over the juvenile to VO
  • Must inform the parents of apprehension of the juvenile

PRODUCTION OF CHILD IN NEED OF CARE & PROTECTION

  • To produce the child before CWC
  • Besides police, social worker, public servant, public spirited citizen, child himself,
  • Others can also produce a child before the CWC

Child Friendly Approach

  • Handling by special juvenile police
  • Handcuffing of juvenile/child prohibited
  • Police not to be in uniform
  • Crimes against children are cognizable offence
  • No death penalty or life imprisonment
  • Proceeding are informal, participatory and private
  • Parents involvement in Juvenile process
  • Right to free legal aid
  • Information about Juvenile cannot be released to media
  • Information to Parent, Guardian or Probation Officer (Section 13 JJA)

Mr. Sambit Nanda, Psychologist, then made some inspiring and highly motivational power point presentations viz. ‘Therapy for the Sole’ & ‘The Four Candles’.

The session ended with thanks to the participants, resource persons and the chair with a hope that more time could be provided for discussion in future meetings.

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