BARAMULLA: Principal Magistrate Juvenile Justice Board (JJB), Baramulla, Fayaz Ahmad Qureshi has issued directions to the media not to disclose the identity of juveniles in conflict with the law and under inquiry in any form including newspaper, magazine, news sheet or visual media in violation of statutory norms.
While pronouncing the judgement against a prominent national news channel for disclosing the identity of a juvenile detainee, the board observed that revealing the identity of a juvenile in conflict with the law and under inquiry exposes them to moral, physical and psychological danger.
The said order has been issued under Section 22 of the Jammu and Kashmir Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children ) Act, 2013, which prohibits the publication of the name, address, school or any other particular leading to the identification of any juvenile in conflict with the law and under enquiry in media of any form.
Moreover, the board observed that disclosing identity not only violates the provisions of the Act but also the guidelines issued by the Honourable Supreme Court and High courts.
The development came after news channel India Today telecast an interview with a 15-year-old youth turned militant who in his interview in police custody said that he had been forced by militants to join their ranks.