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Juvenile correctional facility inaugurated in Kabul

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KABUL, Nov 27 (Pajhwok Afghan News): A juvenile correctional facility, constructed at the cost of $490,000, was inaugurated in Kabul on Tuesday.

The two-storey building having separate dormitories for boys and girls was constructed in three years with financial support from Italy, officials said.

Justice Minister Sarwar Danish said a child under 12, who committed a crime, would not be punished in accordance with the relevant law. Those aged between 12 and 18 would be kept in the juvenile correctional facility if they committed offences, he added.

Danish revealed up to 140 juvenile offenders, currently living in a rented house in the Darul-Aman area of Kabul, would be transferred to the new building. The children have been divided into groups.

Those who can go home at night are called open group and those staying at the centre day and night are included in the closed group.

Miss Raza Ali, first secretary to the Italian ambassador in Kabul, attended the inaugural ceremony. She said: “Children at the centre should not be punished; they are the future of society and have every right to be properly guided.”

According to figures provided by the Justice Ministry, 950 children are being kept in juvenile centres across the country. The juvenile offenders are imparted education and vocational trainings.


Written by afghandevnews

November 29, 2007 at 7:41 pm

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