Sexual Abuse Of Children, Juvenile Crimes On Rise, Say Experts

SRINAGAR — A number of experts Tues­day said that the sexual abuse of “children” and the juvenile crimes are on rise in Kashmir. This was stated by them at the legal aid clinic for juveniles which was organised by the Department of Law, School of Le­gal Studies(SLS), Central University of Kashmir(CUK). The department also held a day-long workshop on “juvenile justice system in Jammu and Kashmir: role of stakeholders” and working session on material preparation on Juvenile Justice Laws at CUKs Nowgam Campus-I here.

CUK Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj Ud Din Mir, former judge, Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Justice Mu­zaffer Hussain Attar, Head and Dean School of Legal Studies, CUK, Dr Sheikh Showkat Hussain, Assistant Professor, Gulafroz Jan, Department of Law, CUK ,faculty, students, schol­ars from different Universities and colleges and other delegates were present on the occasion.

In his presidential address CUK VC, Prof Mir highlighted the “importance of legal aid clinic in a conflict situation.” He said that in a scenario of violence, “it is the duty of every segment of the society to protect children, who need care.”

Prof Mir also highlighted the “dis­connect within families due to use of modern technology and fast lifestyle as major factors responsible for deg­radation of moral value system among new generation.”

Former Judge of the Jammu and Kashmir high court Justice Muzaf­fer Hussain Attar in his keynote speech said that it is very impor­tant topic to be discussed among various stakeholders like parents, teachers, civil society, police and lawyers who are involved in it directly or indirectly and share responsibility towards caring and protection of Juveniles. He said that poverty is one of the main reasons of Juveniles in conflict with law and added that other horrible crime against children is sexual abuse, which also needs to be addressed.

Earlier, Head and Dean, School of Legal Studies (SLS), CUK, Dr. Sheikh Showkat Hussain in his welcome address, gave in-depth detail about theme of the workshop. He said that this is the culmination programme of dissemination programs conducted in five different colleges of the val­ley. He also said that the main aim of this project is to discuss and provide justice, care and protection to the juveniles by way of assisting them through legal aid clinic.

Zaffer A Shah, Sr. Advocate, J&K High Court in his valedictory speech appreciated the concept of this workshop and also said that such programmes must be given publicity for the benefit of masses. During the workshop prizes were distributed among the winners of speech/de­bate and quiz competitions held ear­lier in the different colleges of valley.

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