Shillong, May 18: Union Minister of State for Law and Justice SP Singh Baghel has expressed concern over crime committed by juveniles in the state.
During his two-day visit to the state, he went to a juvenile centre on Wednesday where he came to know that out of the 17 boys, 15 were cases of POCSO. He said juvenile delinquency is a grave concern and it has a deterrent effect on the social order in a country. The increasing rate of juvenile crime is setting a trend world over with more involvement of youth in violent crimes. It is a serious issue for the nation which is needed to be handled carefully, he added.
He said the religious leaders can play a dominant role in bringing the desired change in a disturbed child.
“I am happy that the Centre has allocated more than Rs 700 crore for the development of the infrastructure, especially for the work of five POCSO courts”, he said.
The minister reviewed implementation of centrally sponsored schemes in Meghalaya.