Patna: There are about 15,000 cases against
juveniles pending in Bihar till March 2010, according to the
social justice department.
The state capital topped the list with 1381 cases, while
Gaya and Saran have 817 and 720 cases, the department said.
There were 653 juvenile cases in Bhagalpur, while
Betia, Munger, Nalanda and Purnia have 339, 310, 263
and 223 cases.
The cases are pending for a long time despite section 14
of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000 which mandates disposal of
such cases within four months of registration.
The department officials, however, expressed optimism
that the trial of the juvenile cases would be fastracked in
the districts following constitution of the juvenile justice
tribunal in all districts.
Besides, appointment of the judicial magistrates and
allied infrastructure will be put in place soon to
expeditiously disposal of such cases.
To accommodate the offenders, 19 additional remand homes
would be build in the state, they said.