Gender and child welfare department to intervene in 15-year-old boy’s detention case

Officials in Abyei Administration are asking community police to consider the case of a teenager who is currently in jail at Agok police station.

The 15-year-old boy was arrested on 22nd February and has not been charged with any crimes. Police say the boy was accused of attempting to steal chairs in Aniet market by a trader.

The advisor for child, gender and social welfare in Abyei Administration Aluel Manyiel Rou says they will intervene to help this case solved.

“We will intervene in this matter and instruct them to search for the child’s parents so that he can be released as soon as possible,” Aluel says.

On his part, John Manyang who works at the Department of Child and Social Welfare has advised the community to solve children’s issues without the use of violence. He says a child who commits a crime should be taken to correctional facility. “In some developed countries, there is a special places for keeping children who have committed crimes,” he says.

On Tuesday, the jailed boy told Abyei FM that he was suffering from shortage of food.

Police said the boy was accused of attempting to steal chairs in Aniet market by a trader. Police investigator, Anur Deng says they are waiting for the accuser to come to police so that his case is taken to public prosecutor.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which has been ratified by 95 UN member states including South Sudan calls for protection of children.

South Sudan’s Child Act, 2008 says: “Every child has the right to liberty and security of the person, and no child shall be subjected to interference, arrest, detention, deprivation or restriction of his or her liberty except for specified reasons and in accordance with the procedures prescribed by this Act and any other applicable law.”

Under the same Act, police are given powers to arrest, without warrant a child who commits or attempts to commit any serious offence.