Organised gangs pushing children into crime in Capital City, Delhi High Courts seeks response from Delhi Police
On a Public Interest Petition, drawing attention towards growing misuse of children by organized gangs in the Capital City of Delhi, Division bench of Hon ble Delhi high Court consisting of Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahay Endlaw on 29.08.12 has issued notice to the Delhi Police and the Department of Women and Child Development of Delhi Government. PIL said that the earlier order of Anuradha Shukla Bhardwaj , Principal Magistrate of Juvenile Justice Board-1, Delhi whereby certain directions were issued to the Delhi police to identify and act against adult criminals and gangs pushing children into crime, has not been complied with by the State Authorities. PIL has also highlighted lack of adequate infrastructure and human resource with Special Juvenile Police Unit which is a major obstacle in implementing preventive programmes. Admitting the Petition for further hearing, Delhi police has been directed by Hon ble Court to file a status report indicating the steps taken by it to implement the order of the Juvenile Justice Board. It was in year 2011, that Anuradha Shukla Bhardwaj, Principal Magistrate of Juvenile Justice Board, had taken cognizance of functioning of an organized gang called "Thak-Thak" (knock-knock) gang and had issued comprehensive guidelines to be followed in order to bust these gangs. Lawyer Anant Asthana, appearing as Petitioner in Person, submitted in the court, "The state and its instrumentalities should come forward with full might and determination to protect children who are being trapped into this circle of crime by adults due to their vulnerability, helplessness and tender age. This situation has been prevailing in Delhi for quite a long time now while the respondent (Delhi police) have been dealing with this problem in a casual manner not realizing the gravity involved and not realizing the urgency with which duty holders need to respond to this challenge."