Patna: Observing that there was a tendency among a section of the young to indulge in illegal activities during their adolescent years, Bihar State Human Rights Commission Chairman S. N. Jha on Saturday urged the police to handle such juvenile cases with sensitivity.

‘Counsel them'

The police should ensure that the juveniles charged with criminal cases be treated in a sympathetic manner and counselled to leave the world of crime and related activities by the policemen, he said at a workshop held here on the occasion of the foundation of Special Juvenile Police Unit.

Jha reminded the police that there were elaborate guidelines for the protection and care of juveniles enacted three years ago and the police authorities may accordingly perform their role as reformer to the juveniles in their custody.

Director General of Police Neelmani too accepted that some youths do stray in their formative years, but they can be brought to mainstream if handled in a sensitive manner by the society, including the police. -- PTI