‘Have wider consultations before changing juvenile justice laws’
SRINAGAR: National Conference on Thursday asserted that the governor administration should refrain from making changes in the state juvenile laws.
Expressing dismay over the “incompatible intervention” of SAC into the state’s juvenile justice act, NC chief spokesperson, Aga Ruhullah in a statement issued here, said, “As reported by media, governor administration is mulling change in the juvenile justice laws. We, however, urge the incumbent governor administration to have wider consultations on the issue. The governor should carry out wider consultations across the political spectrum of state on this issue,” he said.
The spokesperson said that the priority of the incumbent administration is a “make-shift” arrangement until a democratically elected government was in place. “It would have been better if the current incumbent administration leaves matters like these as changing the juvenile justice laws for a democratically elected government to decide upon,” he added.
He further said that a democratically elected government possesses a wider public trust. “In a democratic set up such issues are presented before the legislature for wider discussion and then put into operation.
He said stakeholders like police, NGOs, civil society groups, elected representatives should be taken aboard before any changes are made to the juvenile justice laws. “Our party stands for strengthening the existing legal framework of juvenile justice. However, the first priority is to protect children from committing any offence that is where we can protect them from being in conflict with law. However, this calls for wider consultations and discussions in the legislative assembly,” he said.