SRINAGAR: Police on Sunday said that child trafficking was on rise in the state.
Deputy Inspector General of Police (central Kashmir), Ghulam Hassan Bhat, while speaking in a workshop, said forced labour has long been abolished across the globe yet child labour persisted in different manifestations in the society.
He said that crime of child trafficking has picked up for past few years. “We need to sensitize police officers to deal with this crime in order to save our children who are the future of our society,” he said.
The day long workshop was organized by police in collaboration with Save the Children at Srinagar sensitizing police officers about the need to take a lot of care while dealing with juveniles involved in delinquencies.
“There is a need to sensitize police officers with regard to child trafficking besides awareness of the provisions of Juvenile Justice Act in order to safeguard these vital assets of our future,” said Bhat said.
A police spokesman said police officers from various districts of the valley including deputy superintendents of police, inspectors and prosecuting officers attended the workshop on Juvenile Justice Act in which legal experts deliberated up different aspects of Juvenile Justice Act and its implementations on ground.
DIG further added that the juveniles whose faculty of intellect is not well developed, cannot be dealt with same yardstick.
“That is the reason that for dealing with juvenile delinquents a separate provision of Juvenile Justice Act has been enacted and our officers on ground need to be well aware of these provisions as it needs lot of care while dealing with juvenile delinquents,” he stated.
Bhat further stated that the turmoil in the state has added to the woes of society. “The number of orphans has increased and as such as a society we are required to be more responsive to the problems of orphans and contribute in giving them a respectable life. It has been observed that various factors like poverty, strained relations between parents and loss of one or both parents has been seen to be the major factors contributing juvenile delinquency and our officers need to take lot of care while dealing these delinquencies and in this implementing the Act in letter and spirit can go a long way to build a better society,” he added.