With an aim to rehabilitate a juvenile caught snatching a wallet on knifepoint, juvenile justice board (JJB) as a corrective measure had directed the juvenile to work as helper in the court for next two months.
Voluntary confession of the child wherein he admitted to snatching with help of a group of his friends helped prove the allegations.
“Keeping in view the confession made by the juvenile wherein he admits to his involvement in the crime, he is directed to perform community service for two months beginning March 15, daily for two hours,” said the order.
As part of the community service, the child has been entrusted with assisting the court staff and would do odd jobs like answer the bell call, shifting files, etc. He is to report to the JJB at 11am daily where his attendance would be marked by the JJB, who would also inspect his work from time to time.
The board before parting summoned his parents and counselled them to ensure proper education to the juvenile who should be forbidden from indulging in any criminal activity in future.
The juvenile was booked by the UT police after the snatching near Industrial Area, Phase 1, Chandigarh. Complainant Darshan Lal had alleged that he was cycling back home in Sector 7, Chandigarh, around 12.30am. As he reached around Sukhna lightpoint, a three-wheeler intercepted him; three-four boys got off and forcibly snatched his wallet and mobile phone at knifepoint.
The juvenile’s accomplices never appeared before the board thus the proceedings against them were stopped.
Not a first
In February, the board had ordered another juvenile, a teenager, to perform cleaning work in the court as part of two-month community service after he was found guilty of outraging the modesty of a woman and kidnapping her.