Four non-local teens held for gambling, sent to juvenile home

Four non-local teens held for gambling, sent to juvenile home

Nusrat Sidiq
Srinagar: Four non-locals were sent to juvenile home Harwan for three days after being arrested for their involvement in the act of gambling. Stake money of Rs 6850 has been confiscated from the juveniles.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Massarat Shaheen passed the order that the four accused juveniles have confessed to the crime and their statements have been recorded under section 242 CrPC in light of juvenile justice (care and protection act), provision 53. “The accused are sent to juvenile home for three days,” the order said with the direction to the in-charge juvenile home to release the accused after three days. The juvenile home was advised to arrange counseling session for the teenagers.
The foursome belonging to Imam Chowk, Rajasthan and Olidiya district Howrah, West Bengal were caught by police red handed on March 26 at Babademb in Srinagar while indulging in the act of gambling.
The accused were arrested on spot and booked for gambling at public place under section 13 of Gambling Act, 1867, FIR No 4/2017 at police station Kralkhud.
According to the section 13 of gambling act, 1867, a police officer may apprehend without warrant any person found playing for money or other valuable things with cards, dice, counters or other instruments of gambling in any public place, street or thoroughfare situated within the limits of public life shall be brought before the magistrate and shall be liable to a fine not exceeding fifty rupees with an imprisonment of one month.
But as per juvenile justice care and protection Act, 2000 Section 2(I) and under provision 53 of this act, a juvenile has to be sent to reformative home or child care unit when in conflict with law but cannot be held into custody for more than 24 hours. The child needs to be counseled properly and made to understand what is right and wrong.
As per the police officer, the four juveniles are laborers and they have been warned against indulge in such criminal activities in future.

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