Srinagar: A court in Srinagar on Tuesday granted bail to a 16-year-old boy who had been kept in police lockup for more than five days, and according to his family, beaten up ruthlessly in custody.
Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Srinagar Massarat Shaheen on Tuesday rejected the police request for remand of the Class X student from Nawakadal locality of Srinagar.
Earlier on Monday, the court had sent the boy to juvenile home, after his family produced his date of birth certificate in court.
Despite being a juvenile, the boy had spent a week in police lockup under Sections 148, 149, 336, 152, 332, 323 of the RPC.
The CJM said that the juvenile had not injured any public officer and ordered his release on a bail bond of Rs 20,000 with one surety.
The boy had presented himself in police station Safakadal on April 10 after police had detained his father on his behalf.
The grandfather of the boy said that he was asked to produce the boy in the police station after police detained his father.
“The SHO asked me to bring my grandson to the station, saying that ‘I won’t harm him’. Once I took him there, he was beaten up ruthlessly in front of me and his father. He was beaten as if they were beating a drum. His left hand has been injured. There are bruises on his legs and arms,” the boy’s grandfather said.
A police official from the Safakadal station denied the allegation and said that police were unaware of the age of the boy. “Nobody from his family members claimed that he is a juvenile, or brought any certificate to the police station. We only came to know about it when the birth certificate was produced before the court,” the official said, adding, “As for beating him ruthlessly, it is a false allegation.”
As per the Juvenile Justice Care and Protection of Children Act, Section II, as soon as a juvenile in conflict with law is apprehended by police, he has to be placed under the charge of the special juvenile police unit or designated police officer, who shall produce the juvenile before the board without any loss of time within a period of twenty hours of his apprehension, exclusive of the time necessary for the journey from the place where the juvenile was apprehended.