HC pushes govt on rehabilitation of abandoned children

HC pushes govt on rehabilitation of abandoned children
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Gives final opportunity to file plan of action

Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Monday asked the state government to file a plan of action for rehabilitation of abandoned and unclaimed children within two weeks.
Granting the state “final opportunity” the court also directed it to file status report about registration of all children homes in J&K within the same period.
Observing that such incidents shouldn’t occur in the first place, the court said the abandoned babies are the responsibility of the society.
“It is important that state government files plan of action for their care, support and rehabilitation,” the court said. “We cannot ignore this issue as it pertains to the very basic foundation of the society.”
Hearing a litigation on juveniles, the division bench headed by Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey remarked that collective efforts were required to make the society a better place to live.
Meanwhile, the court was informed that the sanction for the creation of eight posts of Principal Magistrates (Civil Judge- Munsiffs) has been accorded for eight Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs) which are to be constituted in Anantnag, Baramulla, Srinagar, Jammu, Doda, Rajouri, Kargil and Leh in phase one.
The court after hearing the counsel said, “That since the jurisdiction of the JJBs was yet to be notified, it now transpires that by virtue of notification dated 2.3.18 in exercise of powers conferred under section 4 of the Juvenile Justice Act, the government has notified the territorial jurisdiction of the JJBs. Therefore the next step has to be taken for the High court to nominate judicial magistrates to head each of the JJBs and thereafter government is to notify the same in terms of the said section.”
The court directed Registrar General of high court to put up the proposal for such nomination of the eligible magistrates in terms of said act before the court and thereafter government shall notify the constitution of the board without any delay so that the JJB can become functional at the earliest.
Meanwhile the court was informed that recommendations for setting up children welfare committees have been made.
The court said, “That with regard to the setting up of children welfare committees in all the 22 districts, it is already noted that the selection-cum-oversight committee completed the process. We therefore, direct the government to notify the same.”

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