Addressing the lack of reformative and rehabilitative facility for girls who come in contact with the law, a girl’s dormitory was inaugurated at the Youth Development and Rehabilitation Centre (YDRC), Chukha, for girl-residents while under detention. Constructed with funding support from Save the Children, Italy, the facility will impart vocational trainings and skills development, while the girls can also pursue regular education while being at the centre.
The Additional Chief of Police inaugurating the girl’s dormitory at YDRC on 24 thJune 2016, said the facility was critically needed as there were increasing incidences of girls coming in contact with the law. Owing to a lack of such a facility, the girl-juveniles were often put together with other women inmates.
Senior and high ranking officials from Royal Bhutan Police, Dasho Dzongda of Chukha, Dasho Drangpon, Chukha, Director of National Commission for Women and Children, and officials from Save the Children – Bhutan Country Office, attended the inauguration.
The existing center for boys had been providing meaningful, reformative, and rehabilitative services to the juveniles under detention with the hope of re-integrating them successfully into the mainstreamsociety. The center provides trainings in basic vocational skills such as tailoring, embroidery, traditional painting, plumbing, woodcraft and hair cutting.
The facility for girls is equipped with girl’s dormitory, a dining hall, kitchen and four rooms with attached toilets and other basic amenities.