Call to curb possession of sharp weapons.
There should be concerted efforts to draft a federal law that curbs the possession of sharp weapons by youth and to modify the existing Delinquent and Homeless Juvenile Law, a top juvenile prosecution chief stressed on Monday.
In a meet with the Press, Mohammed Rustom Bu Abdullah, Chief Prosecutor of the Family and Juvenile Prosecution, termed the problem of carrying arms, like knives and swords, as a time bomb which needed to be dealt with urgently. He said he had put forward recommendations on the need for a federal law that controlled the possession of guns. A meeting with official departments in Dubai, he added, also revolved around the same issue. He pointed out that there were clear instructions from Dubai's Attorney General to closely watch this problem and be firm in facing it. The youth are now familiar with the law, thanks to Nibras, the awareness programme on legal and judicial proceedings, he said. While maintaining the importance of the family's direct role in a teen's behaviour, Bu Abdullah said Nibras has gained popularity among the students of 15 Dubai public schools, including eight male schools, with the ages ranging between 14 and 17.
As many as 746 students including 344 females have taken part in Nibras, this outgoing academic year. The programme has earned an overall satisfaction rate of more than 90 per cent.The success of the programme can be seen in the relatively stable rate of crimes committed by juveniles. "In the first quarter of this year, we dealt with 87 juvenile cases compared to 72 and 84 cases in 2011 and 2010 respectively. "The crimes most common among the youths are attacks, violence, fights, thefts, sexual assault, abuse of drugs and medically-controlled pills."
Nibras encompasses 12 field visits per year to the court chambers and introduction lectures on how the legal and judicial proceedings usually go on. "As many as 60 students take part in each visit. They have become familiar with the social risks of behaviour delinquency, namely its bad effects on the family, and were introduced to some law texts in a simplified way. Nibras will continue and the next move will involve private schools," the chief prosecutor noted.
As for family cases, 119 cases were investigated in the first quarter of this year as compared to 113 and 107 cases in 2011 and 2010 respectively. Ninety five per cent of the overall cases followed up by the Juvenile and Family Prosecution have been won at the courts.
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