With an aim to create awareness among the stakeholders handling juveniles in conflict with law, the National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development in collaboration with Police Training School, Chumukedima organized a sensitization programme on juvenile justice act at Rhododendron Hall, Chumukedima police complex on Monday.
Addressing the delegates as guest of honour, DIGP (Trg/Brd) Viccashe Sumi IPS stressed on the importance of understanding the juvenile justice act among the police personnel while handling juveniles in conflict with the law. At the same he also pointed out that many at times, habitual teenaged offenders often take shelter under these laws, which can be disturbing.
Maintaining that it was an eye opener for all the stakeholders especially the police personnel, the DIG called for cooperation among all those involved in rehabilitating delinquent juveniles and play proactive roles. The programme was well attended by police officers, officials from the Social Welfare department and NGOs.
Interacting with Nagaland post after the inaugural session, Regioal Director, NIPCCD (RCG), Dr Bandana Bhuyan emphasized on the issue of keeping the best interest of the child while taking any step.
She also pointed out that the corrections measures should not be harmful in the long run for the child. Asserting that child labour and begging was illegal, she said that it should be mandatory to strictly implement it.
K Ela of Prodigal Home, Dimapur, asserted that the programme would definitely address the problem related to juvenile delinquency upto a great extend.
She also stressed on involving all the stake holders so that there can be better coordination among themselves. While admitting that there was a certain level of ignorance among the all the groups involved in the process, Ela called for active participation from all quarters and sensitizing them.
Principal, Police Training School, V Z Angami informed that police personnel representing almost all the districts except Phek were attending the programme. He also clarified that Phek could not sent their representative since they were engaged for some other purpose.
Dealing with juvenile delinquents have been a problem for the enforcement agencies with A for all the stakeholders was held at with at the inaugural programme.
The sensitization programme would cover topics ranging from Integrated Child Protection Scheme, JJ Act, case studies and understanding the psychology of a child.