KFORD Seminar Discusses JK Child Rights Scenario

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SRINAGAR (KNS) – On the international Children’s day a long stake holders meeting was held at KFORD (Kashmir Foundation for Organisation Research & Development) Office here at Rajbagh to discuss the current scenario of child rights and protection issues in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

The foundation has demanded amendment of the the Juvenile Justice Act 1997.  “The state of Jammu and Kashmir has adopted Jammu and Kashmir Juvenile Justice Act 1997 to provide for care protection, treatment, development and rehabilitation of neglected or delinquent juveniles. Subsequently under SRO 128 dated 11th April 2007 (Jammu), various rules have been added to the existing Act incorporating various features of juvenile justice (care and protection) Act 2000. In the present context when the stage is set to implement integrated child protection scheme (ICPS) in letter and spirit throughout the state of J&K, the existing Act along with the rules under SRO 128 stands to be inadequate in implementing every component of ICPS like adoption, non institutional care, transitional care etc. So, there is need for incorporation of certain more rules/amendment of existing Act on the lines of the Juvenile Justice (care and protection of children) Amendment Act 2006”, the foundation said in a statement here today.

“The current situation marks a worrying nadir in the recent history of the valley and suggests the need for NGOs active in the region to modify their approach towards an inclusive child rights framework. Prolonged violence has impacted children who face a range of psychosocial, educational and protection needs. Economically vulnerable families are especially at high risk of falling into serious deprivation and food insecurity, as well as engaging in harmful coping mechanisms, many of which are likely to put children at risk”

“Furthermore, we recommend incorporating some definitions/terminologies as used in the Amended central Act of 2006 so that the Act becomes more relevant to the various components of ICPS and should be more comprehensive rather than at par from the existing central Act of 2006”, the foundation statement added.

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