In a unique move, a juvenile justice board in Indore has ordered an under-age murder accused to man mid-day traffic for three hours every day as a corrective measure.
The juvenile delinquent, an accused in two murder cases has been given a chance to reform himself and start life afresh by the Indore Juvenile Board and is slowly adapting to his new role in assisting the city traffic police.
“Initially I struggled, but slowly I’m learning the techniques on how to stand, how to stop people from jumping traffic signal,” said the 17-year-old undertrial, who has been on traffic since early last month.
The boy is an accused in the February 2014 Aastha Talkies murder case — when he allegedly stabbed a Class 12 boy to death inside the cinema hall after a petty fight — and a subsequent murder of a 30-year-old man in Tapu Nagar.
Justice Sashi Bhushan Sharma, the principal magistrate of Indore Juvenile Justice Board has given the murder accused, Nitin (name changed) ‘one last chance’ to lead a normal life until the cases pending against him are decided.
After the Aastha Talkies murder, Nitin was sent to a correctional home for three months and then released on a conditional bail, said Vishakha Sapre, the superintendent of special home for juveniles in Indore.
Three months after bail, Nitin stabbed a 30-year-old man to death in Pardeshipura, Sapre said. But Nitin says it was in self-defence. “Had I not killed him, he would have sliced my throat.” Nitin was arrested and sent back to the correctional home. “He will become a habitual offender one day, if he doesn’t correct himself now,” said Surendra Mishra, a sub-inspector at Special Juvenile Police Unit.
“We keep an eye on him, his behavior.”
In a few month’s time, Nitin will be 18, and will be judged as an adult. “We explained this fact to him, and he now understands that there is no escaping from the law. And as elders, we are helping and guiding,” said Mishra.