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Govt getting tough on juvenile crimes

It’s time to think about definition of word ‘child’, says Kamal

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  • 24 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Govt getting tough on juvenile crimes

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Members of law enforcement agencies are taking a hard line on juvenile crimes in order to keep them on the right track, says Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.

He also said that it is time to think about the definition of the word ‘child’ as a person under 18 is considered to be a child.

“When I passed the SSC, I was 15. Now, regular students can enroll at universities at the age of 18. I think it’s time to pay attention to the definition of the word ‘child’,” the minister said. The minister said this while speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of TVC to raise awareness about juvenile crimes at Madhubagh in Hatirjheel of the capital on Thursday. Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) made the TVC and arranged the programme.

The minister said: “The country is moving forward. But security is a must to keep up the pace of development. A section of our teenagers are getting involved in various crimes and putting obstacles in the way of development.

“If we do not monitor the children, we may lose them after they engage in crimes.” The minister urged the parents and guardians to be more cautious about the activities of their children. 

In her speech, Nasima Begum, chairman of National Human Rights Commission, said children who feel uncared for tend to grow a negative impact in their minds.

She urged the parents to be careful of their children so they do not get involved in gang culture.

Mostafa Kamal Uddin, senior secretary of the home ministry, said that those who are putting the children in danger by giving them firearms and drugs will have to be brought to book.

Speaking as the special guest, Inspector General of Police Dr Benazir Ahmed said once a person who was 8 was considered to be a child, but later the law was amended. “Due to a change in law, one who reaches the youth age is considered to be a child. The way they face trial is different. They are handed over to probation officers immediately after the arrest.

Director General of RAB Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun presided over the event.