Majority of thefts and robberies in the city are the handiwork of juveniles, claim the Chandigarh Police. They continue to indulge in petty crimes such as snatching, thefts, robberies, pick- pocketing and gambling.
The data available with the cops reveal that more than 100 juveniles have been arrested for various crimes so far this year.
The cops also claim that juveniles again get active after they are let off from a juvenile home.
Juvenile is a person who has not attained the age of 18. After arrest they are produced before a juvenile court and sent to juvenile homes for reformation. In the past three years, more than 300 juveniles have been arrested for petty offences. However, with a change in the crime scene and an increase in their involvement, maximum juveniles were arrested in robbery cases.
In 2013, the Chandigarh police arrested 117 juveniles against 114 in 2012. Giving details on the trend, deputy superintendent of police (DSP, crime) Jagbir Singh says, “Juveniles from the rehabilitation colonies of Mauli Jagran, colony number 4, Bapu Dham, Hallomajra, Dadumajra, Maloya and Sector 25 resort to crime to make quick money. The most vulnerable age is between 14 and 17. They are largely the ones from underprivileged families who are school dropouts and also resort to drug addiction.”
“In fact, the juveniles, who are nabbed for carrying out petty crimes and sent to juvenile home for reformation, are being got released by their family after filling up a bond. Once released, they strike again,” he adds.
Adding, DSP (law and order) Roshan Lal says the juveniles start with mobile snatching and petty robberies by flashing knives at residents in the isolated areas. The teenagers go for quick money and take law in their hands.
Advocate Inderjit Bassi says, “Juveniles in the city are mostly from colonies. These days everyone has access to mobile phone and television. These teenagers from underprivileged families get attracted to the gizmos and resort to petty crimes to fulfil their needs. They also do not have proper parental guidance which adds to the problem.”