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Rise of juvenile crimes in the State a concern, says Kiyanilie Peseyie



Kiyanilie Peseyie, Social Welfare Minister inaugurating the Observation Home in Mon. (DIPR photo)

 
Mon, October 29: Minister for Social Welfare, Kiyanilie Peseyie today said the rise of juvenile crimes all over Nagaland is a major area of concern and for this reason Government has set up various Observation Homes in various parts of the state, and all districts will be covered. He stated this while officially inaugurating the Observation Home in Mon district on October 29, 2013.

The Minister appealed the people of Mon district to extend cooperation and support the Government to achieve the aims and objectives of the Observation Home and Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) in the state.

Kiyanilie said that the Government set up the Observation Home in Mon in the first phase keeping in view that the district is the biggest with large population. Observation Home is a short stay home and those who require longer attention referred by the Juvenile Justice Board can be sent to Pherima Special Home for proper counseling and future guidance, he added.

He informed that at present, the state has seven Observation Homes, out of which five are run by the Government, while other two are run by an NGO. The objective of ICPS, the minister informed, is to safeguard the rights of the children in vulnerable condition and these vulnerable children fall under two categories: Children in need of proper care and protection, and children in conflict with law.

Most of the children in conflict with law committed petty crimes in the state, he said. Some committed more serious offenses like murder and rape, while some were forced into crime by adults who used them as they knew that children cannot be tried as adults. Most of the children who committed crimes have no education or have education only up to primary level, the minister stated.

Deputy Commissioner of Mon Angau I Thou, IAS highlighted about the Home and Acts provided by the Government for protection of Children below the age of 18 years. She called upon the people to give a consolidated effort to run the home smoothly and at the same time appealed the staff to cater to the needs of the juvenile with love and care, and bring them up as decent and responsible citizens of the state.

President KNSK Lomei Konyak thanked the Government for the Home and suggested ideas for running the home smoothly. Meanwhile, Joint Director, Social Welfare who is also the Director of Observation Home, Mon stressed on the Management Information System (MIS) and Integrated Child Protection Scheme.  

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