Srinagar – The Jammu and Kashmir State Judicial Academy organized a Seminar on Rights of Women and Children A Constitutional Perspective, at the Academy Complex here last evening.
Usha Vohra, First Lady, who was the Chief Guest, chaired the Seminar.
Justice Altamas Kabir, Chief Justice of India; Justice Tirath Singh Thakur, Judge, Supreme Court of India; Justice M. M. Kumar, Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court; and Judges of the High Court, graced the occasion by their presence at the Seminar.
The Registrar General of the High Court, Director, Judicial Academy, Judicial Officers, lawyers and law students were present on this occasion.
In her presidential address, Mrs. Vohra emphasized the crucial importance of effectively enforcing the constitutional and other legal provisions to ensure protection and the promotion of rights of women and children. In this context, she referred to the various provisions in the constitution, the related statutes and the large number of ratified conventions in regard to the rights of women and children, adding that continuing campaigns for enlarging awareness and bringing about attitudinal changes in the society are imperative to securing the desired results.
Mrs. Vohra observed that education is the key to development and empowerment and, as such, it is of vital importance to devote sustained attention towards promotion of education, particularly of the girl child, along side effectively addressing issues relating to drop-outs so as to ensure that every child receives education.
Referring to the human development indicators, she observed that despite the country having made tremendous progress on various fronts, health care services having been expanded, life span having increased and the country attaining self-sufficiency in foodgrain production, there is still urgent need for taking all necessary measures to ensure that the benefits of development flow to one and all to secure the objective of inclusive growth of society. In this context, she emphasized that the reproductive health of women and the nutritional requirements of children need focused attention.
Referring to child rights, the First Lady stressed the need for bringing about required improvements in the juvenile justice system in the country and for running Juvenile Homes efficiently.
Vohra congratulated the Judicial Academy for organizing first Seminar on a highly important topic as part of the inaugural function of its new building complex.
Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir, Judge of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, presented a memento to the First Lady on this occasion.
In his Keynote Address, Justice Mir, spoke extensively about the constitutional provisions and various other laws enacted for providing safeguards to women and children. He stressed the need for enlarging awareness about the rights of women and children and thanked the First Lady for chairing the Seminar.
This was followed by a lively question-answer session during which the speakers at the Seminar replied to the queries of the participants on varied issues relating to the rights of women and children in the constitutional perspective.
Mrs. Farhat Tasneem, Secretary, Law, in the paper which she presented at the Seminar, threw light on the status of rights of women and children vis-à-vis the Constitution of India and the State Constitution. She also dwelt on the various initiatives taken for the protection of women and child rights in Jammu and Kashmir.
Dr. Shahnaz Noor, Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Law, University of Kashmir, stressed on the need for protection of rights of women and children and the constitutional and legal framework available for this purpose.
Dr. Virender Kumar, formerly Professor and Chairman, Law Department, Punjab University, dwelt on the provisions made in the Constitution of India and the J&K Constitution in regard to the rights of women and children. He added that both women and children are important for the harmonious growth of the society and, therefore, they require protection for their development and empowerment.
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