133 theft cases reg­is­tered against ju­ve­niles in 2016

Ra­dio and TV pro­grammes as well as sem­i­nars are be­ing held jointly with women’s as­so­ci­a­tions to re­ha­bil­i­tate ju­ve­nile of­fend­ers

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The Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment (MoSD) recorded 445 ju­ve­nile delin­quency cases in var­i­ous parts of sul­tanate in 2016, said Bassam al Ha­jari, a so­cial ob­server at the Depart­ment of Ju­ve­nile Af­fairs.

While the max­i­mum of­fences reg­is­tered were of thefts, oth­ers in­cluded abuse and traf­fic vi­ola- tions. “The most ju­ve­nile cases reg­is­tered were thefts (133), fol­lowed by abuse (86) and vi­o­la­tion of traf­fic law (43),” said Ha­jari. He added that North Bati­nah recorded the max­i­mum num­ber of cases against ju­ve­niles. “The max­i­mum num­ber of cases was reg­is­tered in North Bati­nah (137) fol­lowed by Mus­cat (68), Dakhliyah (53), South Shar­qiyah (47), North Shar­qiyah (38), Dhahi­rah (34), South Bati- nah (26), Dho­far (24), Bu­raimi (12) and Mu­san­dam (6).”

Ha­jari, adding that the min­istry is spread­ing le­gal aware­ness too among so­ci­ety, em­ploy­ing sports ac­tiv­i­ties and in­cul­cat­ing re­li­gious val­ues to get ju­ve­nile of­fend­ers on track. Pro­vid­ing a se­cure and eco­nom­i­cally sound fam­ily too are key he said.

Ha­jari said that the min­istry is work­ing to curb ju­ve­nile delin­quency cases with aware­ness drives and train­ing pro­grammes. “MoSD pro­vides all so­cial and psy­cho­log­i­cal care ser­vices for of­fend­ers and en­sures they are in­te­grated back into the so­ci­ety. They are also pro­vided train­ing in pro­fes­sional crafts, me­chan­i­cal, elec­tri­cal and other works.”

Most of the of­fences were reg­is­tered against boys. “Max­i­mum num­ber of ju­ve­nile of­fences were com­mit­ted by boys (414) as against girls (31). Of­fend­ers were also mostly in the age cat­e­gory of 13 to 17 years old with 164 delin­quency cases reg­is­tered against 17 year olds,” said Ha­jari.

Ra­dio, tele­vi­sion pro­grammes, sem­i­nars and lec­tures are be­ing held in co­op­er­a­tion with Omani women’s as­so­ci­a­tions. The pro­grammes fo­cus on the im­por­tance of hav­ing a close-knit fam­ily. “Par­ents need to be ed­u­cated on how to deal with ado­les­cents,” added Ha­jari.

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