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Strive to get data about reform and rehabilitation of young convicts CIC to BPRD

Wednesday 26th of June 2019 | Asia, India
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New Delhi, Jun 26 (PTI) The Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked police research organisation BPRD to monitor and strive statistics relating to reform and rehabilitation of young convicts lodged in jails across India.

The transparency panel has directed the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) under Section 25 of the RTI Act "to fulfil its objective and discharge its responsibility as a national think tank".

The case pertains to an RTI applicant, Chander Prakash, who had sought to know the classification of age between a young convict (juvenile offender) and an adult convict, and reasons for categorisation of prisoners as juvenile offender and adult offender by every state.

He approached the commission, the highest adjudicating body in Right to Information (RTI) matters, claiming that satisfactory response was not provided to him by the Union Home Ministry and the BPRD.

The BPRD claimed that it did not maintain such information, while the Home Ministry said prisons are a state subject.

 "Further, the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 defines a child below the age of 18. The IPC classifies offence by a child under seven years of age, offence by a child above seven years of age and below the age of maturity and offence by adults," Information Commissioner Sudhir Bhargava cited the submissions of the Home Ministry.

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