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Police lend helping hand to ‘wayward’ youth

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 29, 2013
First Published: 01:11 IST(29/7/2013) | Last Updated: 01:13 IST(29/7/2013)

Imran has been arrested thrice by Delhi Police. It was a visit by the 27-year-old’s father to the Tihar Jail that forced him to consider leaving the world of crime. Soon, he wanted to live a normal life but didn’t get enough support from the society.

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He was out on bail when he got a call from the local police station, asking him to appear at a meeting with the additional commissioner. Initially he was hesitant, fearing that the police will arrest him again in a false case.

The meeting, however, changed his life. The Delhi Police have got him a job with Maruti, where he will learn how to drive and can choose it as a career option.

Imran was not the only one. More than 100 men, who were once behind bars, can now hope to lead normal lives, thanks to the Delhi Police’s initiative.

“The effort aimed at bringing youth from the darkness of crime towards the light of a socially productive life and into the mainstream. Our scheme, Ujaas, will offer counselling sessions, psychological tuning and vocational training and support the youth who have had a brush with crime,” said Ajay Chaudhry, additional CP, southeast.

On June 5, a meeting was held with 109 persons known to be involved in cases of snatching, burglary and robbery in the area of southeast district. On Sunday, the police inaugurated a driver’s training programme for them in association with the Institute of Driving and Traffic Research, managed by Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.

The participants took a collective pledge to stay away from crime and violence and to lead productive lives. While most of them wanted to become drivers, one Sandeep showed an interest in singing. He is being provided vocal training at a professional institute in northwest Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh.


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