IN A FIRST OF ITS KIND INITIATIVE, THE POLICE HAVE DECIDED TO BRING THEM INTO MAINSTREAM
In a first of its kind initiative, the Chandigarh police have identified around 3000 thousand crime prone children between the age group of 8-16 years living in six peripheral areas of the city. Under this initiative the UT police have already started the after school teaching program of around 242 children enrolled in 13 batches who had either indulged in some kind of petty crimes or in drug abuse and are at high risk of getting involved in criminal activities. Talking to Daily Post, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Nilambari Vijay Jagdale said, “In November the Police department with the help of the Society for the Promotion of Youth and Masses (SPYM), an NGO did a survey in Dhanas, sector 25 colony, Ramdarbar, colony number four, Indra colony and Bapudham.” “The survey findings highlighted that around 3000 children have indulged in petty crimes or in drug abuse and are at high risk of getting involved in criminal activities,” shared SSP.
She further said that out of these 3000 identified children, for now we are focusing on 1000, having extremely deprived background and presently the SPYM members are teaching these students at aganwadi centers.
Jagdale said that the project which is entirely funded by corporate social responsibility and has been launched ensuring that these children should remain engaged and their energies should be channelized after school hours, when they are at risk of getting involved in criminal acts. “In the program, Eight modules have been designed which includes everything that is not taught to children like living a quality life, teaching about various hobbies to develop their interest, developing communication skills, Public speaking, Role plays etc. There are also games like snake and ladders and ludo,” said SSP.
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