HC for creation of Juvenile Police Units to deal with minors in conflict with law

HC for creation of Juvenile Police Units to deal with minors in conflict with law
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Says it is a necessity that juveniles are not radicalised

SRINAGR: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday sought information from police authorities on the creation of Juvenile Police Units for dealing with juveniles in conflict with the law.
The court observed that it is important and at the same time a necessity that juveniles are not radicalised and that the State has to make every effort to bring all those children into the mainstream and safeguard their protection.
Hearing a PIL on the protection of orphans and juveniles, the division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur sought a report from the police on the creation of Juvenile Police Units as also on the proper functioning of Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs), Child Care Institutions (CCIs), Child Welfare Committees (CCIs) and Observation Homes.
The Division Bench while passing these directions observed that the main concern of the court is the proper functioning of JJBs, CWCs and CCIs and their proper maintenance and registration.
Meanwhile the court on Friday received suggestions from Bharti Ali, HAQ, Centre for Child Rights, New Delhi, with regard to facilities and programmes both for children in conflict with the law and for those in need of care and protection.
The court directed the Registry to forward these suggestions to the Chief Secretary as these suggestions are valuable and deserved to be considered by the authorities.
Ali was earlier directed by court to provide a list of facilities and programmes which are required and are being provided in Child Care Homes (both for children in conflict with law and those in need of care and protection).
With regard to 14 JJBs which are still without Principal Magistrates, court was informed by the state counsel that JJBs are working properly as the principal magistrates’ job is being taken care of by Judicial Magistrates of their jurisdiction till absorption of principal magistrates are made on a regular basis.
Meanwhile, court asked advocate Shah Faisal and advocate Omais Kawoosa, representing the petitioner’s side, to physically visit these boards in order to find out whether they are functioning properly or not as the chairperson of the Selection cum Oversight Committee has said in the report that the impediment to the JJBs is non- availability of proper staff.
The court directed the counsels to file their report on the next date of hearing.