Assam Government Reconstitutes Special Juvenile Police Units to Enhance Child Welfare

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Tuesday, September 05, 2023
Assam Government Reconstitutes Special Juvenile Police Units to Enhance Child Welfare

District-Wise Special Juvenile Police Units: A Comprehensive Approach to Child Welfare
Dispur, Assam: In a significant move to bolster child protection and welfare across the state, the Assam Government, under the direction of the Governor, has issued a notification reconstituting the Special Juvenile Police Units (SJPUs). This development, dated 28th August 2023, replaces a previous notification from February 2019, signifying the government's commitment to evolving strategies for safeguarding children.

The reconstitution of SJPUs is carried out in compliance with Section 107 (2) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, and Rule 86 (1) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Model Rules, 2016. The new structure ensures the presence of these specialized units in each district and city Police of Assam, greatly extending the reach of child welfare efforts.

A total of 37 districts and cities within Assam will benefit from this restructuring, each with its dedicated Special Juvenile Police Unit. This move signifies a critical step towards enhancing child protection mechanisms throughout the state.

Under this reconstitution, the following districts and cities are now equipped with Special Juvenile Police Units:

1. Bajali
2. Baksa
3. Barpeta
4. Bongaigaon
5. Biswanath
6. Cachar
7. Charaideo
8. Chirang
9. City Guwahati
10. Darrang
11. Dhemaji
12. Dhubri
13. Dibrugarh
14. Dima Hasao
15. Goalpara
16. Golaghat
17. GRP (Government Railway Police)
18. Hailakandi
19. Hamren
20. Hojai
21. Jorhat
22. Kamrup
23. Karbi Anglong
24. Karimganj
25. Kokrajhar
26. Majuli
27. Morigaon
28. Nagaon
29. Nalbari
30. North Lakhimpur
31. Sivasagar
32. Sonitpur
33. South Salmara
34. Tamulpur
35. Tinsukia
36. Udalguri
37. Sadiya (Police District)

These Special Juvenile Police Units will be spearheaded by a Nodal Officer with a rank of DSP (Deputy Superintendent of Police) or above, ensuring that these units are led by experienced and qualified personnel. Each unit will also comprise Child Welfare Police Officers (CWPO) designated under Section 107 (1) of the Juvenile Justice Act, along with two Social Workers, one of whom must be a woman, preferably from the District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) of the respective district.

The inclusion of CWPOs and Social Workers with experience in child rights is a significant step towards providing a holistic approach to child welfare, emphasizing the importance of gender balance in these units.

Child Welfare Police Officers, according to the Juvenile Justice Act, may hold the rank of ASI (Assistant Sub-Inspector) or above, ensuring that the units have officers with sufficient authority to address child-related issues effectively.

This reconstitution of Special Juvenile Police Units showcases the Assam Government's commitment to ensuring the safety, protection, and welfare of children in the state. It reflects a proactive approach to addressing child-related concerns and reinforces the government's commitment to its responsibilities under the Juvenile Justice Act.

With these enhanced units now operational, Assam is better poised to provide comprehensive care and protection to its young citizens, setting an example for child welfare initiatives across the country.