CJ Calls For Strengthening Juvenile Justice Mechanism

SRINAGAR — The  Chief Justice of J&K High Court, Justice Gita Mittal, Saturday called for serious efforts to strengthen the juvenile justice system in the state  and advocated proper implementation of J&K Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of the Children) Act, 2013.

Speaking at the inaugural session of the 2-day orientation training programme on juvenile justice system organized by the Juvenile Justice Committee of J&K High Court in collaboration with the UNICEF at SKICC, Mittal observed that children are the major human resource of development and key agents for collective social change and “they cannot be deprived of hope and dignity.” 

“Conscious and continues efforts must be made by all stakeholders of the society to ensure wholesome development of these children so that they also lead a dignified life and contribute for the development of the society and nation,” said Justice Mittal.

Maintaining that judiciary has to play a vital role in “sensitizing all the stakeholders by bringing them together and in identifying workable solutions in order to trigger changes at the ground level”, Justice Mittal said the orientation and training of judicial officers and professional social workers coupled with required resources will help “us to achieve the objective of proper rehabilitation of children in conflict with law.”

She urged the participants to take advantage of the opportunity and make practical use of their experience gained from the training programme.

Mittal extended gratitude to the members of Juvenile Justice Committee of the J&K High Court, judges of High Court, resource persons including Justice Mukta Gupta, Judge Delhi High Court for gracing the occasion.

Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey (Chairman, Juvenile Justice Committee of J&K High Court), Justice Alok Aradhe, Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur, Justice Sindhu Sharma,  Justice (Retd) Hasnain Masoodi, (Chairman, Selection-cum-Oversight Committee JJ Act),  Registrar General J&K High Court, Sanjay Dhar, Director J&K State Judicial Academy, Abdul Rashid Malik, Principal Secretary to Chief Justice, Jawad Ahmed,   Special Secretary, DSLSA, Geetanjali Goel, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF, Hilal Bhat, Mission Director, ICPS, G A Sofi, Ms Bharti, Dr Rajesh Kumar, Resource besides others were also present. 

The main objective of the training programme was to deliberate and highlight the issues related to the implementation of JJ Act and to review the progress achieved on various decisions taken in the two roundtable conference on Juveniles held last year and this year in Srinagar. 

Chairman J&K High Court Juvenile Justice Committee, Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey stressed the need for the community participation for the rehabilitation of juveniles. 


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