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By MAIL TODAY BUREAU, PUBLISHED: 22:28 GMT, 15 April 2014 | UPDATED: 22:28 GMT, 15 April 2014
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the city police to set up a special unit to tackle safety and security situations arising in juvenile observation homes.
A bench of justice S Ravindra Bhat and justice R.V. Easwar directed Delhi police to assess and put in place a mechanism which would be more in the nature of a special cell to cater not only to the emergent situations but also shoulder other responsibilities.
The city's juvenile homes have witnessed three to four very violent incidents in the past year
"It did not concur with the proposal of Delhi police, represented by Additional Solicitor General Siddharth Luthra, that the command room, headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, is equipped to tackle the situations arising in observation homes. It has not worked. We have had 6-7 incidents, three of them very violent," the bench said.
It added: "Eventually, there has to be a separate unit to take care of such situations".
"Initially, the unit can be created from within the police force. They can be educated and sensitised about the situation in observation homes. Eventually, there has to be a separate unit," the court said.
The Department of Women and Child Development, in a status report, has said it had requested the Delhi Police Commissioner to designate a Joint Commissioner-level officer as a nodal officer to coordinate with the department on various issues relating to safety and security of observation homes.