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Maharashtra’s first child-friendly police station inaugurated in Pune

The city’s first “child-friendly” police station was initiated at the cantonment police station premises by Abhay Karandikar, chief, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), on Monday.

The command for a “child-friendly” police station emerged out of Juvenile Justice Act 2015 layouts the means to be taken for the security of privileges of kids needing care and insurance just as for the youngsters in clash with the law.

Amitabh Gupta, Pune police chief, stated, “Such police station will provide the necessary safety and security to the juveniles apprehended in different cases where they will be counselled and provide necessary protection under the ambit of the Juvenile Justice Act.”

The city police are working intimately with Hope for Children Foundation, NGO working in the field of adolescent equity in Pune and across various pieces of the nation.

“We will follow a standard format mandated by the Juvenile Justice Act while dealing with cases related to children in conflict with the law. Establishing “child-friendly” police station will enable our staff to deal with the issue more effectively in sensitive cases where children are involved and will provide a safe environment to them,” he said.

The current police station is committed space tidied up with most recent game plans where the youngsters can feel quiet in a steady climate. An uncommon group of cops with vital mastery have been relegated to the police station to care for the delicate unit.

Caroline Ador of Hope for Children Foundation stated, “The police stations are the first in the line of interface with the children and the new facility would provide the much-required intervention in the administration of juvenile justice without fear and intimidation while dealing with serious juvenile related crimes like child marriage, child abuse, neglect and exploitation and other crimes.”

Karandikar stated, “ The said project should be replicated in all commissionerates and police stations across the state of Maharashtra. We are working closely working with the police departments in areas like CCTV footage monitoring and analysis and drone technology. We believe the power of technology in providing justice to the citizens.”

Bacchan Singh, DCP (wrongdoing), stated, “In view to curb the growing participation of juveniles in crime, an initiative called “Keep moving movement” was started to provide counselling to the juveniles along with the Life School Foundation was started in 2019. At least 2,693 children have been counselled and provided skill-based training on various topics like mobile repairing, AC repairing, computer hardware repairing among others in all nine heads to 23 juveniles that have helped them to improve their skills.”

Upwards of 276 offenses were enlisted against adolescents in 2019 and 175 out of 2020 (till a week ago), as indicated by information gave by authorities.

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