Jammu: The juvenile observation home in Jammu has adult offenders between the age of 20 to 25 years, who have been accused under the Arms Act, raising concerns over the juvenile reform policy and even violations of the Juvenile Justice Act.
One such offender Fayaz Ahmad has been enjoying the luxury of a colour television in the juvenile observation home. Fayaz, accused of a murder and booked under the Arms Act, is actually 25-years old and not a juvenile.
He has been lodged in the juvenile home since 2009 in a blatant violation the Juvenile justice Act. His presence has raised serious concern.
"They are adult and we are unable to control them," says Krishan Lal, assistant officer of the juvenile observation home.
Fayaz is not alone. Imran, 20, is another under trial accused under Arms Act who has been lodged at the home since 2005. The Social Welfare Board has written to the state law department to move the two men out.
"We have written to the law department to shift these inmates," says District Social Welfare Officer Atul Gupta.
The bigger worry is the effect that the presence of such hard core offenders will have on impressionable minors at the home who have committed crimes and are trying to reform.