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Feb 14, 2013 at 10:26am IST

Delhi Police launches 'Yuva' to rehabilitate youth from crime-prone areas

New Delhi: A new scheme launched by the Delhi Police called Yuva helps youngsters from crime-prone areas learn skills to earn their own livelihood. The country was outraged after the Delhi braveheart's death and the most brutal of the attacker was a 17-yr-old runaway.

The initiative launched by the Delhi Police is trying hard to bring such lost souls and youngsters from crime-prone areas on the right track. Set up by the Delhi Police, the scheme Yuva aims at tackling juvenile problems and teaching various skills to help these wayward underprivileged youth.

Dozens of youngsters, mostly school drop-outs, attend daily workshops held in several thanas across Delhi. NGOs and social volunteers have also been roped in to train them to speak in English, computer technology, hotel management, competitive exams and mobile repairing.

Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said, "The focus has been in areas which are depressed and deprived like slums and unauthorised colonies."

In a small room of a Delhi school, Yuva participants are given electrical training. Their tutor also teaches juvenile criminals at the Tihar Jail.

This police station in West Delhi has organised tailoring classes for young boys and girls. Apart from learning technical skills, they also learn about endurance and patience. Those who dropped out of school due to financial crunch are now getting a second chance at life.

"After coming here, my tailoring skills have improved. I have now started earning and can take care of my expenses," said Deepak, who is a Yuva participant.

The police are walking the extra mile by roping in career counsellors and tying up with big brands. They also organise counselling sessions with parents. Not just that, the area inspectors regularly visit the classes to drive the message home. The Delhi Police's Yuva scheme, which has 10,000 youngsters enrolled under it, is clearly bringing the goalpost closer to these underprivileged youth.