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Why doesn’t he run away from here? “Bhaagne mein mazaa hai jab saamne wala bhi powerful ho tab Ab kisine chhoot de diya aur tab faida uthaenge toh galat hai na Phir aage se kisi pe bishwas nahi kar sakte Is chakkar mein (It’s fun to escape when your adversary is powerful If someone has given you the freedom and you misuse it it’s wrong no Then no one can trust anyone anymore)” says Mehul The freedom he finds difficult to misuse comes from the fact that the centre is run almost entirely by “clients” in recovery: those who were into addiction and crime but are now clean of both fixes including Mehul Till a while ago he was their canteen manager and is now a volunteer earning a salary of Rs 2500 a month He once earned nearly Rs 30000 a day from his life in crime He hated it at first the waking up at 5 am the yoga sessions cleaning clothes and dishes and even the Just for Today classes where the boys talk about everything their rage and resentment their fight against themselves and the addiction the niggling urge to get back to a life of crime He was made the housekeeping in charge and then given more responsibilities — made chief of a core group of boys entrusted with the task of running the show at the centre “Jhanjhat lagi thi shuru mein Phir kari liya mein (It was a pain but I did it finally) There are no restrictions here it’s an open place” he says The law if and when it changes would reflect the scepticism that a minor accused of heinous crime is not capable of change or deserving of such an opportunity But Bhattacharjee the 28-year-old mentor of the centre says that by lowering the age at which a young adult can be tried under adult law the government seems to be saying it cannot handle these children He says that in most of the cases when juveniles have been accused of heinous crimes there are adults involved “It was the case in both the Nirbhaya and the Shakti Mills gang rape This age group between 15 to 18 starts to think of themselves as adults For boys this is a time when they want to prove their masculinity They need acceptance of their groupwhich includes adults You cannot expect a child who has always been on the street who has been initiated into crime to turn out to be a hero without any intervention from the state” he says At the Juvenile Justice Board-1 Prayas Complex tucked away behind Feroze Shah Kotla 17-year-old Sushant has arrived for his first counselling session He has studied till Class X and works in his father’s gas repair shop He is accused of raping another 17-year-old from his mohalla “She and I used to talk on the phone but when I heard that she had trapped other boys too I stopped talking to her Then her mother demanded that I marry her and then asked for money Rs 3 lakh or so When I didn’t pay she accused me of rape” he says It’s only later when his counsellor Shahbaz Khan Sherwani coaxes him that he admits the girl was his girlfriend “But we never went out on dates only spoke over the phone” How did it start “She used to come to my father’s shop And to collect water from the tap nearby Then she started sending me messages” Was she pretty “Theek thi” The black and white lines between guilt and innocence blur constantly in these interactions “Many of the cases that come to us are consensual sexual relationships which have failed… or of parents who have accused eloping couples of rape In the juvenile justice system at least there is a possibility of reform a counsellor can push the child towards introspection which is not possible in an adult system” says Sherwani He also talks about the hyper-sexualised environments in which young people find themselves where there is little conversation about sex and sexuality but porn is accessible even to 10- or 12-year-olds What is the journey a child undergoes from being in the care of family and society to a life in conflict with the law of the land Aslam an orphan from Madhubani in Bihar ran away from home with a friend The train took him to Delhi and then on to a sweatshop in Seelampur He was soon into marijuana and then smack In that drug-addled state he would break into homes and steal He was caught and a juvenile justice board referred him to this de-addiction centre in 2012 He was 16 The first time he walked away and was back on the street in a few weeks But when a friend walked into a speeding train in a drug haze he came back to the centre “His death was a huge jolt At least my friend had family to do his final rites If I died there would be no one Here I would have a chance to reform” he says Seventy per cent of the boys who come to the centre are poor Many of them are from the slums and resettlement colonies of Delhi where drugs are easily available Schools are where they start on their addiction “Some run away from abusive homes to live on the street Those on the street take drugs to fight hunger” says Bhattacharjee From drugs to crime is a one-way street “A child addicted to opium needs Rs 3000 a day That’s about Rs 10 lakh a year In Delhi there are about 20000 minor opium users If they don’t take to crime how else will they fund their habit” Surinder Kumar a counsellor and former addict who hand-held Mehul through the process of “recovery” speaks of the complete lack of moral guidance that leads some of these children to crime “Parents aren’t always the right guides Many of them accept drug or crime money Most of the children are in government schools where teachers are either indifferent or scared of the students” he says School was where Arun started on marijuana and beer He was six years old “Some of my friends prodded me to try it They had a lot of money They used to feed me so I hung out with them They gave me cigarettes to smoke I liked that Then I started on drugs Soon I started stealing at school to buy drugs I stole Rs 20000 from ma’am’s purse during lunch Nobody caught me Sarkari school tha na Koi dekhta nahi tha” By 11 years he had made a rep for himself as a troublemaker and thief That’s when he found smack: “For smack you needed Rs 7000-8000 a day When you were on it you felt like a sher I felt I could beat up anyone do anything If anyone tried to get into a wrangle I felt I could have killed him Jab nasha kar lete they toh koi dar nahi lagta tha We could barge into anyone’s houses pick up TVs cylinders DVD players My family had given up on me” he says Three years ago he arrived at the centre having been caught stealing from a policeman’s house “I saw other people like me who were into drugs and crime and had quit They were clean and out of crime Couldn’t I be like them then I started thinking about that If I hadn’t come here I would have been dead by now Smack users live up to 20 or 25 So many of my friends have died like that” he says Today he is a counsellor at a Chandni Chowk shelter for street children on drugs He goes out into the streets looking for children in need of help He counsels them and tends to their wounds: children on drugs especially smack often slash their limbs because it gives them a high “You have to know how to approach them I shake their hands ask their names ask them why they are on the street tell them about the centre that no one will say anything to you there you’ll get a brush and toothpaste you can have a bath there and have food They think let’s go check this out When they come and see that there are medicines here and no one to judge them they stay here Some of them listen to me and try and get out of drugs Some don’t” he says While Arun is now out of the centre and lives with his parents for most of the boys the world outside is not a place they are at ease The bustling North Campus of Delhi University is a few steps away from the Mukherjee Nagar deaddiction centre but it does not beckon Mehul He however gets angry at the money he earns at the centre “Gussa toh abhi abhi aaata hai paiso pe hi (Of course I get angry still at the money especially) Rs 500 mila tha pehle din ek din mein phook gaya” he says But he won’t leave the centre “Baahar kya rakha Sab kuch toh khatam hai Wapas toh nahi jaaonga (What is left outside Everything is over I don’t think I will go back)” says Mehul (Names have been changed to protect identities) For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related News juveniles between 16 and 18 years apprehended for murder and rape constituted 2. 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