Should the development officer possess the statistics of the case status of juveniles?
An application was filed with the Women and Child Development Office of Pune district under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking to know about the details of the disposal of cases of over 2,500 juveniles housed in six observation homes in the district.
The reply from the Pune district officer states that despite it being in continual touch with the Juvenile Justice Board, the office doesn’t have any data about the disposal of juvenile cases or about the hearings of their cases. The reply from the department states that there are four observation homes and two special protection and care homes in Pune in which juveniles are admitted for various crimes ranging from murder (Section 302) and rape (Section 376) to theft (Section 379) and abetment of suicide (Section 306).
The reply also says that the district woman and child development department has no information regarding the schedules of the juveniles in these homes. It also doesn’t have any knowledge about the training imparted to these juveniles, which should include training in motor driving, repairing computers, carpentry and sewing.