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Monday , May 26 , 2014
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Juvenile inmates’ day out

They may be confined to a house, but their imaginations run wild.

This was proved when 40 inmates of juvenile home Bal Sudhar Grah in Barmasia, Dhanbad, were asked to sing their heart out and paint the canvas according to their wish. The occasion was a daylong programme organised by NGO Child Line Foundation on Sunday.

The programme began at noon when the NGO’s Dhanbad co-ordinator Munmun Pandey and other members reached at the centre. Sponsored by Dhanbad’s Lions Club, the event aimed at motivating these juvenile delinquents to come back to the mainstream.

Of the two events, first was the singing competition. About 15 inmates chose from a wide range of songs like patriotic ones, popular Bollywood numbers and bhajans etc.

Adjudged by Pandey, the top three singers won a pen each and loads of accolades.

If the singing competition had only a few takers, the painting contest saw all the 40 children picking up the brush and paint that were provided by the NGO.

Here also the best three received a pen each.

The daylong programme came to an end with a grand feast. The children were treated with pulao, dal fry, salad, aloo patal, papad, finger chips and rasgulla.

Member of state women’s commission Shabnam Parveen graced the occasion as chief guest, while DSP (law and order) Amit Kumar, officer-in-charge of Dhanbad Sadar police station Ahileshwar Chaubey and member of Lions Club Ram Awtar Khemka also attended the event.

“You should be spending your days at a juvenile home like a hostel and must follow a routine,” said Parveen and asked juvenile home superintendent Mohmmed Mustafa to provide all sorts of facilities.

Talking about facilities, DSP (law and order) Kumar said that a policeman would be sent daily to the rehabilitation centre to provide education to the inmates.

If Kumar promised education, Pandey assured the inamtes to provide a counsellor who would guide and encourage them to think positively.

“Our objective was to encourage them to be creative,” said Pandey, adding that similar programmes would be held at the juvenile home regularly.

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