HC orders setting up of Women and Child Rights Commission, more observation homes to be opened

HC orders setting up of Women and Child Rights Commission, more observation homes to be opened

SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court called for the setting up of a Women and Child Rights Commission and for putting in place more observation homes in the state.
The Division Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Tashi Rabstan while taking on record a status report dated 09.05.2019 filed by the Social Welfare Department in compliance with court order dated 15 February 2019, noted that unfortunately this verbose report makes several references to the respondents’ inability to take steps on account of the Model Code of Conduct, which is in vogue. Furthermore, the format of the report renders it impossible to understand whether the respondents have taken the requisite steps.
The court said, “In view thereof, we direct the respondents to place the compliance of the Court orders as well as the requirements of law in a tabulation setting out the staff position, institution-wise.”
The court directed that in case the recruitment processes are underway, the respondents shall, in the tabulation, set out the dates and steps taken for the same as well as the dates on which the recruitment would be completed.
“The respondents shall also in tabulation give the details of the Village Level and District Level Protection Committees in the State. It shall also inform about the operationalization of Video Conferencing facilities between the Observation Homes as well as the Juvenile Justice Boards,” the court ordered.
It was also directed that “the respondents shall inform us about the setting up of the Women and Child Rights Commissions”.
Meanwhile, court was informed that immense difficulty is faced during transportation of children lodged in two Observation Homes in the state to appear before the Juvenile Justice Boards.
The court, while noting this down, directed the respondents to examine the possibility of setting up more observation homes to facilitate production of children before the Juvenile Justice Boards and, “if necessary, the possibility of setting up these Observation Homes in appropriate rented premises be examined. A tabulated report meeting the directions earlier passed and the above directions shall be filed before the next date of hearing,” the court directed.