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