Srinagar: Juvenile centres will be set up
across Jammu and Kashmir to reform the youth of the state who
have gone astray, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said here on Tuesday.
"Juvenile centers will be established to reform the
youth and these centres will be away from jails and police
stations," Abdullah said while interacting with various
delegations of civil society here.
The decision to set up juvenile centres comes a fortnight
after Amnesty International in its report on human rights in
Kashmir flayed the state government for not having a facility
The issue was further highlighted by the detention of
teenager Faizan Rafiq under the Public Safety Act in a regular
jail in Kathua district of Jammu region.
Expressing concern over drug addiction of a section of
the youth, Abdullah said the import of cough syrup is on the
higher side in the Valley as it is being taken by youngsters
as a drug.
Civil society should come forward in arresting this
menace, he said.