Saga of pain inside Kashmir’s lone juvenile home

The Juvenile is worried for his mother who is alone at Bihar. “My older brother also works here, and my father has passed away four years ago, so she is alone there. And I am not able to get bail.”

SHAFAQ SHAH
Srinagar, Publish Date: Jul 22 2018 1:21AM | Updated Date: Jul 22 2018 2:10AM
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At picturesque Harwan, a white building guarded by the police stands out. The coteries of young boys peep from the windows and sing songs, but as they see an outsider approaching they scatter and sit coyly. This is the lone juvenile home of Kashmir where minors accused of committing offences are kept.

At present there are 16 minors (below 18-years of age) lodged in the juvenile home and everyone has a story to share - stories of failed love, ‘fervour for freedom’ and of innocence. A rape-accused juvenile who has been brought to the home by police 15 days looks distraught as he fears that his career will be over. A class 11 student from a south Kashmir district denies the charges levelled against him. He denies the charges against him. 

“I was in love with a girl of my village and she wanted to marry me, but I wanted to focus on my career first. My family tried to make her understand, but she was reluctant and left home and came to Srinagar to elope with me,” the juvenile says. “I immediately called the girl’s farther and my parents and informed them that the girl has come to Srinagar.”

The duo reached to their hometown and the police caught them. “The girl’s father, who is a police officer himself, said, ‘I can’t take my daughter home’ and insisted my parents to take her to their place, and when my parents didn’t agree. The girl’s father accused me of raping his daughter and lodged an FIR and this is how I was brought here,” he says.

The 15-year-old is sure that the girl still loves him and she gave the statement under pressure. On one hand there is a story of broken love, and on the other side a Juvenile is struggling to get a bail, for he can’t afford to pay his lawyers dues.

A 17-year-old from Bihar has been booked for murder and it has been six months, but he has failed to get a bail. “I was working in a factory in Khonmoh and the police found a dead body there. But at that time, I had taken off from work because it was winter here and had gone to Bihar to see my mother. Bihar police informed me that Kashmir police has send a notice and I was arrested for murder,” he says.

“I don’t know the guy who has been murdered. The owner of the factory dragged me into this. I am innocent.” 

The Juvenile is worried for his mother who is alone at Bihar. “My older brother also works here, and my father has passed away four years ago, so she is alone there. And I am not able to get bail.”

Every juvenile in this home has a story to share. Over 1502 juveniles have been lodged in the Juvenile Home at Harwan since 2011. Stone pelting, rape and theft tops the list of categories of alleged offences for which the juveniles have been booked for and lodged in the juvenile home.

As per the data compiled by the department of social welfare, 834 juveniles have been booked on the charges of stone pelting in past eight years. Of them 832 have been bailed out and two are presently serving punishment at the Juvenile Home.

Similarly, 197 juveniles have served punishment for theft and 142 for rape in juvenile home.  Of these 142 booked for rape, only one, at present, is lodged at the juvenile home. According to data about 66 juveniles involved in quarrels has been brought to the home.

Since 2011, 59 juveniles have been brought to the Juvenile Home in connection to the murder cases. Of the total juveniles booked for rape, 57 have been bailed out and two are presently there.

It says 46 minors have been booked for kidnapping related case. 40 have been bailed out and six are presently serving punishment and 22 juveniles have been brought to the home for militancy related cases.

19 minors have been booked for the possession of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS), 18 for accident related cases, 15 for exam frauds, 13 juveniles have been kept there in order to provide them safe custody and 11 for assault on women.

Also, five juveniles have been booked for ‘anti-national’ activities, five for cross border, four for gambling, three for culpable homicide amounting to murder, three for cyber crimes and two for suicide and explosive cases.

In past eight years, three juveniles have escaped from the juvenile home.

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