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Juveniles to serve as traffic wardens after Ludhiana court order

Juveniles involved in road accidents and underage traffic violators to perform community service by managing traffic for periods ranging between 90 and 250 hours.

punjab Updated: Dec 19, 2017 09:42 IST
Aneesha Sareen Kumar
Sources at the court said five such minors, aged between 15 and 17, were directed by the Juvenile Justice Board in the last six months to perform community service.
Sources at the court said five such minors, aged between 15 and 17, were directed by the Juvenile Justice Board in the last six months to perform community service. (Illustration by Daljeet Kaur Sandhu)

In a strong lesson to juveniles involved in road accidents and underage traffic violators, the juvenile court has directed them to perform community service by managing traffic at busy intersections of the city. The convicts are being closely supervised by a traffic police official for periods ranging from 90 hours to 250 hours within six months after the order.

Sources at the court said five such minors, aged between 15 and 17, were directed by the Juvenile Justice Board in the last six months to perform community service. The board is presided over by principal magistrate Aprajita Joshi.

In one case, police booked a 16-year-old on January 6 under Sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC.

While the court verdict is being hailed by traffic experts, there are those who believe that the sentence could be stricter.

According to the FIR, the accident occurred on December 12, 2016, close to Focal Point police station.

The juvenile, who was riding a Platina motorcycle, injured a pedestrian identified as Kismat Ali. The juvenile confessed as the case proceeded for recording prosecution evidence during the trial.

The court order stated, “The juvenile has stated that he shall behave well in future. He shall perform community social service with regard to traffic management at Sherpur Chowk for 250 hours within six months. The concerned traffic in-charge, Sherpur Chowk, Ludhiana, will ensure the presence of the juvenile. In case the juvenile has to attend any educational institute, then the same shall be intimated to the board.”

In a similar order passed recently, another 16-year-old juvenile was convicted in an accident case that was going on for four years. According to records, the juvenile was riding his motorcycle in a rash and negligent manner and injured a woman on November 30, 2013.

Passing the verdict, the court stated that the juvenile shall perform community or social service by managing traffic at Khanna for 90 hours and the concerned traffic in-charge shall ensure his presence. The traffic in-charge shall also be submitting a monthly attendance report.

A court official said one of the juveniles who was directed to serve 250 hours in six months has managed traffic for 170 hours, according to the most recent compliance report. The juveniles were also directed to pay a fine ranging between Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,500 that their parents will pay.

Since the minors were involved in rash driving and disobeying traffic rules, managing traffic will inculcate road safety rules in them and also serve as a deterrent so that they think twice before taking the law into their own hands, added the court official.

While the court verdict is being hailed by traffic experts, there are those who believe that the sentence could be stricter.

Kamaljit Soi, member, National Road Safety Council, said, “These steps may help, but will not act as a deterrent. In the Motor Vehicles Act, there is a provision of booking the parents of a juvenile. If the parents or owner of the vehicle allows the juvenile to drive, he or she can be prosecuted and jailed up to a period of six months. The courts should consider this.”