SRINAGAR: Chief Justice of J&K High Court, Justice Gita Mittal on Saturday called for serious efforts to strengthen the Juvenile Justice (JJ) mechanism in Jammu and Kashmir to ensure protection of children with law conflicts.
She strongly advocated for implementation of J&K Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of the Children) Act, 2013 and Rules 2014 in letter and spirit, which provides a robust mechanism for protection and safety of juveniles.
Speaking at the inaugural session of the 2-day Orientation Training Programme on Juvenile Justice System organised by the Juvenile Justice Committee of J&K High Court in collaboration with the UNICEF at SKICC here, the Chief Justice observed that children are the major human resource of development and key agents for collective social change and they cannot be deprived of hope and dignity.
“Conscious and continues efforts must be made by all stakeholders of the society to ensure wholesome development of these children so that they also lead a dignified life and contribute for the development of the society and nation,” she said.
Justice Mittal maintained that judiciary has to play a vital role in sensitising all the stakeholders by bringing them together and in identifying workable solutions in order to trigger changes at the ground level.
“The orientation and training of judicial officers and professional social workers coupled with required resources will help us to achieve the objective of proper rehabilitation of children in conflict with law,” she said and urged the participants to take advantage of the opportunity and make practical use of their experience gained from the training programme.
She extended her gratitude to the members of Juvenile Justice Committee of J&K High Court, judges of High Court, resource persons including Justice Mukta Gupta, Judge Delhi High Court for gracing the occasion and enlightening the participants on the issues related to the Juvenile Justice system.
Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey (Chairman, Juvenile Justice Committee of J&K High Court), Justice Alok Aradhe, Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur, Justice Sindhu Sharma, Justice (Retd) Hasnain Masoodi, (Chairman, Selection-cum-Oversight Committee JJ Act), Registrar General J&K High Court, Sanjay Dhar, Director J&K State Judicial Academy, Abdul Rashid Malik, Principal Secretary to Chief Justice, Jawad Ahmed, Special Secretary, DSLSA, Geetanjali Goel, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF, Hilal Bhat, Mission Director, ICPS, G A Sofi, Bharti, Dr Rajesh Kumar, resource persons, judicial officers of subordinate courts dealing with the juvenile justice, lawyers, juvenile police units, activists of various NGOs, social organisations and several other stakeholders participated in the conference.
The main objective of the training programme was to deliberate and highlight the issues related to the implementation of JJ Act and to review the progress achieved on various decisions taken in the two roundtable conferences on juveniles held last year and this year in Srinagar.
The experts deliberated in detail about the issues related to the juveniles and stressed that approach of the executive officials and the judicial system must be aimed at addressing the vulnerabilities of the children and ensuring their rehabilitation.
They observed that the idea behind rehabilitation is that people are not criminals by birth and have every right to get a chance to mend their character and reintegrated with society to lead a dignified life. All this can be possible with the collective efforts of all stakeholders of the society, the experts said. Chairman J&K High Court Juvenile Justice Committee, Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey stressed the need for the community participation for the rehabilitation of juveniles.
He said children are the greatest resource of the nation and all stakeholders have to join hands to make efforts to protect them from all evils by using all means under and outside the legal framework.