01 January, 2009
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In order to educate and sensitize the police station clerks, usually called Moharir and Naib Moharir, of the NWFP Police, a 5 day training was organized by Pakistan Society of Criminology and Save the Children Sweden for all the 72 police stations of districts Peshawar, Nowshehra, Charsadda, Mardan and Swabi. All the Moharirs and Naib Moharirs of preventive (watch and ward) and Moharirs of Investigation were trained on data collection on crimes against and abuse of children and juvenile offenders. The Inspector General of Police NWFP has introduced a new register called 26 (A) for this purpose which has already been printed and provided to all of the 218 police stations of the NWFP. The training was based on lectures and experiential learning where the Moharirs, after lectures and demonstration, were asked to make entries with their own hands on the four selected case studies included in the training manual developed by Pakistan Society of Criminology. The training was held at two places, i.e; Mardan and Peshawar and was conducted by AIG/Director Research NWFP Police Fasihuddin, consultant Fida Muhammad, SP/Research NWFP Naushad Ali Khan and representative of Save the Children Sweden, Jawadullah Khan. All newly recruited staff of the recently established Police Child Protection Centre (PCPC) also attended the training. The newly established data-base system was introduced to the Moharirs who are generally responsible for maintenance of police station record. The newly printed proformas in two colours, blue for juvenile offenders and pink for child victims were provided to all the police stations of Peshawar and Mardan regions. The data related to these two categories of children i. e; victim and offenders will be computerized at the Central Police Office (CPO) NWFP. A total of 200 police officials attended the training. However, it was noticed that 100% of the police Moharir staff were ignorant of the CRC (Convention on the Rights of the Child) and 90% had heard only the name of the JJSO (Juvenile Justice System Ordinance, 2000) but had not read it once. When asked to enumerate one or two rights of the child, 70% narrated only one right and 50% narrated only two rights. The duties of a police officer towards a child victim or juvenile offender in light of the respective laws were hardly known to the police officials. Deplorably, 95% of the Moharirs were not aware of the name of probation department, which is one of the important component of the juvenile justice system. The organizers and trainers expressed their serious concern over the attitude of police officials as well as of the NGOs and international agencies who form committees and arrange seminars and workshops on children and women rights in costly hotels, but they never reach the real target group who are responsible for handling the children and women who come in conflict with law. The data as per order of the IGP, NWFP Standing Order No. 4/2009 will be generated from January 2009 and will be forwarded to the CPO for compilation and analysis. The training, data-base and registers were supported by Save the Children, Sweden.