Crime against children: Over 400 accused held since 2016
New Delhi: More than 400 persons who are involved in different cases of crime against children have been arrested by the Delhi Police since 2016. The investigating agency also registered over 600 cases involving different types of crime against children. The city police claimed that they took the necessary steps to curb the crime. The other prime agency Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights is monitoring rescue and rehabilitation of child labourers especially involving migrant children.
The police data accessed by Millennium Post (till October 31) claimed that under Juvenile Justice Act, 163 persons have been arrested whereas in cases related to Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO), 273 persons were nabbed and child labour cases led to the arrest of 37 persons from different parts of Delhi. Additional PRO of Delhi Police, Anil Mittal told Millennium Post that several efforts have been taken to curb the crime against children which includes regular police patrolling, opening of the child-friendly police station where kids without any hesitation can visit and report any crime happened with them.
The data further claimed that in the year 2016, around 274 cases were reported under JJ Act in which cops solved 121 cases whereas out of 320 POCSO cases, more than 200 cases were solved and out of 63 cases related to child labour, 18 cases were solved. According to police, they have also deployed Child Welfare Police Officers who deal with the child conflict of law.
Another police officer claimed that extra care is being given to create an impression in the mind of the child that he is not under interrogation or as a liar but an effort is being made to find out the truth in order to help him. "The officer who is dealing with the children has been strictly told not to bully the child and also not to lose temper. No accused or suspected accused shall be brought in contact with the child and if the victim and the person in conflict with the law are both children, they shall not be brought in contact with each other," said police officer.
Roop Sudesh Vimal from DCPCR claimed that in child labour cases, the children are mostly brought from outside and had to work in the factories under hazardous circumstances. "Many such children have been rescued by us and in March we also issued an advisory which claimed that offending employers of child labour should be booked under the provisions of section 75 and 79 of JJ Act so that the offence becomes punishable with imprisonment which shall have a deterrent impact on the unlawful practice of engaging child labour," said Roop Sudesh Vimal.
Jyoti Duhan Rathee from DCPCR had analysed the case related to POCSO which claimed that 42 per cent of the accused in cases registered under the POCSO Act are neighbours of the children. In six per cent cases, the culprits are extended family members; in 12 per cent cases, the accused are friends with or closely acquainted to the victims; in 21 per cent cases, the identity of the accused could not be determined; and in nine per cent cases, the accused belong to educational institutions.