As many as 4,500 young people are being held in juvenile detention centres across the country and it’s not just children.
They are being detained for crimes that are not serious enough to warrant jail.
“The authorities have been very lenient,” said Dinesh Gokhale, the founder of the Centre for Youth Justice.
I went to the court and was told I’d be released after 18 months. “
I was 15 when I was arrested for throwing stones at a police van and when they said I’d get five years in jail, I was like, ‘I don’t know what they are talking about.'”
I went to the court and was told I’d be released after 18 months.
“[They] said, I don’t care if you are young, if you’re not violent, if it’s only a minor crime, then leave.
But they told me I’d have to spend another three years in prison.”
Gokhal says he is worried about the future of young people in India, as the country’s youth justice system has become increasingly punitive.
In December, the Supreme Court banned the practice of sending young people to adult detention centres and ordered that any child who is sent there must be placed with a guardian, in effect barring children from the adult centres for six months.
But there is no official definition of juvenile detention, and the practice varies across the states.
One of the most extreme cases is that of Narmada Thakur, who is a resident of Nandigram.
Thakur is 17 years old and is charged with assaulting his father, who he says is a drug dealer.
His father is charged as an accessory after the fact, and he is charged under section 309 of the Indian Penal Code, which deals with offences of assaulting the public servant or public servant’s child.
Thakum’s father says Thakum was the aggressor and that Thaku was merely defending himself.
Thakamadur has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
At a hearing last week, a judge found Thakar guilty of assaulting his son and ordered him to serve a three-year sentence.
But Thakal’s father, Sajid Thakura, says Thaksal was simply defending himself, and his son was not the aggressors.
“The court was wrong in convicting him.
The court had misjudged him.
He had the chance to take the matter to the Supreme Judicial Court.
He was not allowed to take it to the apex court.
He should have been given five years instead of 18 months,” Thakuru said.
On the second day of his trial, Thakra pleaded not-guilty and was remanded to the Juvenile Justice Board, but Thakama says the government has failed to grant him bail.
A spokesperson for the Juveniles Justice Board said it had “not been able to obtain any formal application for bail” and that it would be reviewing Thakure’s case.
The Juvenile Law states that “any person who is accused of a criminal offence, which he is not charged with, shall be treated as an adult”.
But some argue that the law is not meant to apply to children.
The Supreme Court had recently rejected a petition by the Centre to ban the use of the term “juvenile” in relation to the offences committed by children.
The petition argued that the term is vague and could be used by children to disguise their criminality.
It also claimed that the phrase “juveniles” does not convey the seriousness of the crime committed, and it is used by the police to refer to juveniles that are suspected of crimes that have been committed.
The court in March also ruled that a juvenile could not be sent to a police station for a third time for a crime that had been committed earlier.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), only 2,788 juveniles were detained in juvenile institutions between July and December 2016.
Some argue that this number is too low and that the issue is not as important as the impact it has on young people.
But Naveen Kumar, who has been a prisoner at the Juvenilia Centre for 18 years, said he believes that there is a real problem.
“This is the biggest problem for youth, and I feel that it has got worse every year.
I don, and many others like me, feel the same.
When I was 15, I went to a court for a minor offence, and they said, if I don