Guwahati/ 24th July’2017 (Prag News Desk): Over 800 minors mostly teenage girls were found in conflict with law across the State in the last five years or so and are becoming repeated offenders.
In an alarming statistics, Assam Police records suggests that out of 75 juveniles caught in conflict with law between 2012 and 2016, 80 are girls. The number of such underage offenders sent to correction/observation home during the same period stood at 55, of which a majority of 44 such offenders are from Kokrajhar district. Here, Darrang recorded the highest number of juvenile crimes with 169 such minors found in conflict with law, followed by Jorhat and Dibrugarh at 68 and 68 such cases. As per records, almost 1,360 cases were pending with the juvenile justice boards for disposal as on March 30 this year.
Incidentally, the infrastructure and facilities at juvenile homes in the State are inadequate to deal with their psychological and psychiatric disorders. Once released from such homes, care and protection at residence becomes very crucial. Family atmosphere in such juvenile offender’s house is very often not found to be conducive, which is also a matter of concern, a factor that seemingly is lacking leading to an increasing number of law offenders in the State.