Goa Child delinquent alleges assault in remand home

Last Updated: Sat, Jun 02, 2012 07:41 hrs

A juvenile delinquent has accused four inmates of torturing him in the controversial government run Apna Ghar at Merces, about 6 kms from here.

The 16-year-old boy was released from the reformatory home on May 30 after a 12-day detention period in the bike theft cases.

The child, after his release, complained to his parents that he was subjected to electric shocks by other inmates in the presence of the caretakers. A police case was thereafter filed.

The Old Goa police, investigating the case will submit a report to the Juvenile Justice Board for examining the four children against whom an FIR is registered.

"We cannot record the statement of the minors without permission from the JJB," deputy superintendent of police Umesh Gaonkar told IBNS.

The officer said that the role of the caretakers would also be probed as the alleged torture happened in their presence.

Meanwhile, the victim boy was medically examined in the government run Goa Medical College, report for which is awaited.

A case under sections 323-voluntarily causing hurt and 34-common intention of the IPC, section 23 of Juvenile Justice Act and section 8 (1) of the Goa Children Act 2003.

Around 10-15 juveniles in conflict with law are lodged in a separate dormitory in Apna Ghar.

The home has been in the line of fire after the expose in March wherein minor-in-age inmates and child-caretakers were a part of a gangster-crime nexus.

(Reporting by John Edwards)

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