SRINAGAR The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed all the Chief Judicial Magistrates and Judicial Magistrates 1st class of the State to ensure that the cases pertaining to the Juveniles in conflict with law are transferred forthwith to the newly constituted Juvenile Justice Boards having the territorial jurisdiction.
A senior official said here that Jammu and Kashmir has child welfare committees (CWCs) and juvenile justice boards (JJBs) in all the 22 districts of the state.
“J-K Government, under the guidance of the High Court, is making earnest efforts for implementation of J-K Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2013, with a special focus on children in conflict with law and children in need of care and protection.
“As per the provisions of the Act, selection-cum-oversight committee, headed by Justice (retired) Hasnain Masoodi has been constituted and with their strenuous efforts, Government has put in place the child welfare committees (CWCs) and the juvenile justice boards (JJBs) in all the 22 districts of the state, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, Advisor to the Governor said.
Ganai was addressing the 2nd round-table conference on “Implementation of Juvenile Justice System” organized jointly by the J-K High Court, J-K Government, Juvenile Justice Committee of the Supreme Court of India and the UNICEF.
He said the focus is now on providing required infrastructure and manpower support to make these institutions more vibrant which would pave way for the better delivery mechanism on the ground.
“The district child protection units along with the required staff are also in place in all the districts of the state,” Ganai said.
The Advisor said the state has two Government-run observation homes – one at Srinagar and the other at Jammu.
“Similarly, there are children homes run by the Government where boys and girls are housed for overall welfare and rehabilitation. Efforts are on to see that every district shall have these homes to care and for the protection of children,” he said.
Gania said from the date of last round-table conference, 361 children from observation homes alone have been rehabilitated which children include some from neighbouring countries like Nepal and Burma as well as from the other states of the country like West Bengal.
He said that the state Government has also constituted a rehabilitation council for the rehabilitation of victims of militancy which extends help and financial assistance to the victims.
Ganai said the state Government is committed for safety, welfare and overall development of the children.
“The State Government has taken various initiatives towards child welfare, which include introducing and implementing various welfare schemes through Social Welfare department,” the Advisor said.
Justice Madan B Lokur, Judge, Supreme Court of India and Chairman Supreme Court Committee on Juvenile Justice, Justice Gita Mittal; J-K High Court Chief Justice, Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, chairman, Juvenile Justice Committee, J-K High Court, Aguilar Javier, chief, Child Protection, UNICEF also addressed the conference along with others.
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