Hyderabad: Superintendent of Police (SP) of Mahbubnagar Rema Rajeswari has initiated action against the inspector for chaining a 14-year-old boy after he was caught stealing a mobile phone in the district on Thursday.
This follows the alarm raised by the child right activists after reports surfaced that the boy was allegedly beaten and chained before he was sent to a juvenile home.
A 13-year old boy, studying in 8th grade was caught stealing a mobile phone in Mehabubnagar. Phone was recovered. But! He was chained and apparently beaten. What about counseling to juvenile offenders? What happened to friendly policing? @Collector_MBNR @spmahaboobnagar pic.twitter.com/3RSVC2hcns
— Revathi (@revathitweets) March 12, 2020
SP Rema Rajeswari said the boy was caught red-handed by public while stealing mobile “The boy who is studying in class 8, was immediately sent to a juvenile home for counseling”, the officer said.
Later Rajeswari told Newsmeter that they have initiated action against the inspector.
Srinivas Chary, II Two Inspector, told Newsmeter that P Raja Kumar from Kamal Mobile shop in Ashok Traffic Chowrastha complained that the boy snatched a phone
“He was caught by the Mobile shop owner. As he had a mustache, our constable thought he is a major. Our constable chained him. No sooner we got to know that the boy is minor, we immediately removed the chains. We sent him to a juvenile home for counseling. Later we handed him over to school authorities and guardians,” he said.