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Juvenile board office a victim of injustice

Official apathy Lacks basic facilities such as fans, lights; detainees are sent to Meerut remand home, thanks to space crunch.

india Updated: Jul 23, 2012 08:29 IST
Kapil Datta
Kapil Datta
Hindustan Times

The juvenile justice board office in Gautam Budh Nagar has been functioning without basic facilities such as remand rooms, fans and lights for the past six months.

The office which was inaugurated in February this year has not enough space to accommodate detainees and they are sent to Meerut remand home. The facility has limited space for the Child Welfare Society office as well.

"The facility is located in a very congested area. There is no proper ventilation and lighting arrangements. There is only one compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) in the office room. We have to work in low light and it puts strain on our eyes," the district juvenile justice board chairperson, justice Sudha Singh, told Hindustan Times.

She also complained about unhygienic condition at the facility. “Parents of the children have to stand outside the premises as there is no space where they can sit. The board also faces shortage of stationary items,” Singh said.

Officials say that since the office is located in a village, there is no adequate electricity supply. This leads to shortage of drinking water at the facility.

"As the facilities are to be provided by the district administration through district judge, we have intimated the administration about the shortcomings. We have also requested shifting of the office to Vikas Bhawan till the administration provides us with facilities," she said.

The Child Welfare Society has also written to the district magistrate for shifting of the office.

First Published: Jul 23, 2012 08:27 IST