Harish Monga Dido
Ferozepur December 19, 2018: Juvenile Justice Board, head by Mahesh Kumar, Principal Magistrate in a case child conflict with the law, in a road accident on 2.9.2015 ordered to render social services on the conclusion of involvement of the child.
Under this act and provisions of the Criminal Code, Procedure children are not to be taken to a regular criminal court. The purpose of a separate court is that its purpose is socio-legal rehabilitation and reformation, not punishment. The aim is to hold a child culpable for their criminal activity, not through punishment, but counselling the child to understand their actions and persuade them away from criminal activities in the future.
Mehak, born on Sept 18, 2000, a Plus One student of the local school was charged for driving Scooty without registration number on a public way in a negligent manner causing grievous injuries to Gursewak Singh, a Plus Two student, damaging his vehicle.
After going through the seven prosecution witnesses appeared in the case and defence witnesses, the Court concluded the involvement of the child Mehak of offences punishable under Section 279, 337, 378, 427 and 182 holding him guilty and ordered to render social services like as to serve water, tea, meal to the blind children of Blind Home Ferozepur for a period of six months in two sessions, to fix reflector on the vehicle except on the road beside burdened with cost of litigation amount to Rs.5,000. The social services will be rendered under the supervision of Legal and Probation Officer of District Child Welfare Unit.
During a visit to the Blind Home, Mehak was seen sitting with the visually-impaired inmates’ students of BA 2nd Year and reading out their English book to them. He is visiting the Blind Home since 20.7.2018 and happy in their company.
The incident is a turning point in my life at the tender age and will definitely help a long way in my life to be careful in future. I could not have thought of visiting this institution and serving. Hope my render social service will reward me in my future career, said Mehak Singh in a choked voice.