Make All 22 Juvenile Justice Boards in J&K Functional: SC Judge

Srinagar: Supreme Court Judge, Justice S. Ravindra Bhat Saturday stressed on the need to make functional Juvenile Justice Boards in all the 22 districts of J&K and Ladakh for strengthening the justice system.

He was talking at a function after inaugurating the Fourth Round Table Conference on ‘Implementation of Juvenile System’ in the Union Territories of J&K & Ladakh here at SKICC.

The conference was organized by the Juvenile Justice Committee, Supreme Court of India, Juvenile Justice Committee, High Court of J&K and Ladakh in collaboration with the Government of Jammu & Kashmir and supported by UNICEF.

Chief Justice High Court of J&K and Ladakh, Justice Pankaj Mithal; Chairman, Juvenile Justice Committee High Court of J&K and Ladakh, Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, Justice Tashi Rabastan, judges of High Court of J&k and Ladakh, Director General of Police J&K, Dilbagh Singh; Special DG Crime J&K, AK Choudhary; Secretary Social Welfare, Sheetal Nanda, Secretary Law & Parliamentary Affairs, Achal Sehti; UNICEF India Representative Yasmin Haque; Member Secretary Juvenile Justice Committee, Abdul Rashid Malik, large number of judicial officers of subordinate courts, members of Juvenile Justice Boards, member of District Child Welfare Committees, members of NGOs, social organizations and several other stakeholders participated in the conference both physically and virtually.

While delivering his inaugural address, Justice S. Ravindra Bhat outlined that the event is a welcome and ingenious step where all the stakeholders are sitting together to deliberate upon the work already done and what more needs to be done for the protection of children.

He emphasized that all the 22 JJ Boards should be made functional in all 22 districts of UTs of J&K and Ladakh for strengthening the JJ system.

He commended the JJ Committee of J&K and Ladakh and said a lot of things have been done and many gains and improvements are visible while more concerted efforts are needed to help us to improve by organizing such round table conferences.

He added that manpower in JJ Boards make delivery and implementation easy as we are investing in the future of the country so that children become participatory citizens.

Chief Justice High Court of J&K and Ladakh, Justice Pankaj Mithal while delivering his keynote address said that the aim of the conference was to review the JJ system and to review the pledge to work for the best interest of children of the UTs.

Justice Mithal delved into the journey of Juvenile Justice system and laws in the world and in particular to India and said the system in J&K and Ladakh is gaining pace and have arrived at satisfying results, are implementing JJ Act in letter and spirit after applicability of central JJ Act to UTs.

He said that due to efforts of JJC of Supreme court of India and JJC of J&K and Ladakh, the UT is not lagging behind with the rest of the country, but a lot is required to do more by creating robust mechanism by making fully functional of commissions, funds and boards in the UTs.

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