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At least 114 juveniles were lodged in Tihar Jail, in complete violation of the law, between October 2010 and August 2011. They were shifted to observation homes across the city only after family members and lawyers protested that they cannot be lodged behind bars because they were yet to attain adulthood.
An RTI reply received by the social group, Haq Center for Child Rights, brought this fact to the notice of the Delhi High Court on Wednesday.
Taking suo motu cognisance of a letter, which had the RTI response from Tihar attached to it, a bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw took strong exception to the lapses committed in not ascertaining the age of juveniles. It sought a response from Delhi Police Commissioner B K Gupta.
Also issuing a notice to the Delhi government, the court underlined the grievance made by advocate Anant K Ashtana in his letter that there was no proper procedure to verify the age of people before sending them to jail.