First Information Report (FIR) is not necessary in non-serious offences committed by juveniles, said B. Nanda-kumar, Chief Judicial Magistrate and Principal Magistrate of Juvenile Justice Board (JJB).

He was interacting with the Sub-Inspectors of Mysore city in a meeting held in Government Observation Home at Viveka-nandanagar on Saturday last.

Rule 11 (11) of Juvenile Justice Rules 2007 has made it clear that no FIR shall be filed against the juvenile in non-serious offences. FIR shall be filed only in serious offences like murder, rape or abduction.

The Sub-Inspectors, who are designated as ‘Child Welfare Officers’ (CWOs), after preliminary enquiry, shall hand over the juveniles in conflict with law to the Special Juvenile Police Unit (SJPU) soon after his apprehension.

SJPU, after counselling and guidance, can release the juvenile to his parents after preparing all records. If found necessary, SJPU can produce the juvenile before the JJB, Nandakumar said and advised the Police officers to avoid apprehension of juveniles between sunset and sunrise.

JJB member P. P. Baburaj said that juveniles should exclusively be handled by the CWOs, not by the other officers in the Station. Usually, juveniles in conflict with law are handled by the Crime section, which violates the Juvenile Justice Act. Immediately after apprehension of a juvenile, his parents or relatives should be informed and it should be recorded in Form 2, he suggested. JJB member Pushpalatha, Superintendent M. K. Kumaraswamy, SJPU officers Sheela, Sahana and Prasanna, District Child Protection Unit officer Venkatesh, House Father Meyraj and Counselor Visha-lakshi were present.

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Courtesy : Star Of Mysore