Taking a serious note of increasing crime rate in children below 18 years, the district legal service authority has advocated mandatory education for children aged between 6-14 years.
Addressing a seminar on child protection rights, district sessions judge MS Chauhan said it had become necessary to provide proper and adequate education to children to keep them away from involvement in any type of crime.
Instructing district administration officials, panchayat members and non-government organizations, Chauhan said that the decision would benefit the society and lead to lower crime rates.
"It has become necessary to protect legal rights of children in order to protect them away of criminal activities."
Directing the police to be polite and kind while investigating cases involving juveniles, Chauhan said that officials should try and understand what led a juvenile to commit a crime and should never let them feel like criminals.
"The police should take assistance of non government organizations in mending the ways of juveniles involved in crime. Their identity also should not be disclosed to the media and anyone else. Parents juvenile criminals should be informed immediately."
Deputy commissioner Kavita Singh said that Child Welfare units under the patronage of Punjab Legal Services authority will be established in every police station across the district to provide better and timely legal assistance to juveniles.
She said information boards carrying comprehensive information regarding juvenile justice and their legal rights will also be displayed.