In a one of its kind decision, the Dhanbad Juvenile Justice Board penalized the parents of a 10-year-old child for his guilt.
The board, which slapped a fine of Rs 4000 on the parents of Akhilesh Kumar Mahto (name changed), a habitual offender, also held them responsible for instigating their son to commit crimes. While passing the order, the court also took an undertaking from the parents that they would ensure his good conduct.
The order of the board came on the basis of the confession made by the child's mother that her minor son was involved in cell phone theft and other crimes. Interestingly, the child was also involved in the stealing of the mobile of the principal magistrate of the Juvenile Justice Board, Anil Kumar Mishra.
The issue came to light when the child himself recognized the judge and accepted the fact that he had stolen the judge's mobile.
Akhilesh was caught red handed by the police while he was stealing a mobile phone. He later confessed to his guilt.