Section 13 – Information to Parent, Guardian or Probation Officer – Juvenile Justice (Care And Protection Of Children)

(a) The parent or guardian of the juvenile, if he can be found of such arrest and direct him to be present at the Board before which the juvenile will appear; and

(b) The probation officer of such arrest to enable him to obtain information regarding the antecedents and family background of the juvenile and other material circumstances likely to be of assistance to the Board for making inquiry.

Comment:

When a juvenile in conflict with law is arrested and brought to police station, it shall be duty of the officer-in-charge of the Police Station to inform the parent or guardian of the juvenile, if they can be found, about the arrest and direct him to appear before the Juvenile Justice Board where the juvenile is to be produced.

The Police shall also inform the concerned Probation Officer about such arrest so that the latter may obtain information regarding antecedents and family background of the juvenile and submit it to the Board for its assistance in making inquiry.

Thus the main purpose of the provisions contained in this section is to inform the parents or guardian about the arrest of juvenile so that they may be present before the Board, and make necessary arrangements for the bail etc. of the juvenile.