New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed
the states and Union territories to appoint child welfare
officers (CWOs) in every police station for monitoring and
extending better treatment to juveniles by the police.
The apex court, which is monitoring the implementation of
Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, also
directed that state and national legal services authorities to
issue appropriate guidelines for training and orientation
of police officers, who could be designated as the juvenile or
"The Home Departments and the Directors General of Police
of the states/Union territories will ensure that at least one
police officer in every police station with aptitude is given
appropriate training and orientation and designated as
juvenile or child welfare officer, who will handle the
juvenile or children in coordination with the police," a bench
of justices RV Raveendran and AK Patnaik said.
It further said that the training and orientation should
be done over a period of six months to one year in every
state and Union territory.
The court passed the order on a PIL filed by an NGO
Sampurna Behura seeking its intervention for proper
implementation of the law.
The court asked all the state governments and the Union
territories file their affidavits stating steps taken by them
pursuant to its order and posted the matter for further
hearing in the first week of January next year.