Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday directed the central government and state government to place a proposal with regard to extending welfare and skill development programmes to children lodged in child care institutions in Kashmir.
A division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Alok Aradhe passed the directions after Amicus Curiae Bashir Ahmed Bashir said that children in the state were not getting facilities required for their welfare.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation on children in orphanages in Kashmir. The division bench remarked that children were the future of society and could not be neglected at any cost.
Direction was passed to Director Social Welfare Department, Srinagar, to be present on August 28 before the court to answer what steps had been taken with respect to rehabilitation of orphan children in Kashmir.
The court also requested Bharti Ali from Centre for Child Rights, New Delhi, to provide a list of facilities and programmes which are required to be provided and are being provided in Child Care Homes that are both for children in conflict with law and those in need of care and protection.
Amicus Curiae Bashir Ahmed Bashir stated before the court that he had inspected several children’s homes and found the conditions to be deplorable there. He said that the mandate of Rule 38 of J&K Juvenile Justice Act, 2014, had not been properly applied in the state of J&K.
The court after hearing the Amicus Curiae remarked that before passing any orders, the respondents should file action taken report before the next date of hearing.