Srinagar, Oct 13: Chief Justice of J&K High Court, Justice Gita Mittal 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 provide 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 organized by the Juvenile Justice Committee of J&K High Court in collaboration with the UNICEF at SKICC here today, 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, said Justice Mittal.
Maintaining that judiciary has to play a vital role in sensitizing all the stakeholders by bringing them together and in identifying workable solutions in order to trigger changes at the ground level, Justice Mittal said 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 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 organizations 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 Conference 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 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, said the experts.
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. The orientation programmes provide opportunities to the people associated with this noble cause to introspect and re-dedicate to save the younger generation from various forms of abuses, said Justice Magrey.
Outlining the success of the two Roundtable Conferences on the implementation of Juvenile Justice System in the State, Justice Magrey said the State of Jammu and Kashmir has taken various steps to strengthen the juvenile justice mechanism.
The measures included constitution of Juvenile Justice Boards and Child Welfare Committees in all the 22 districts of the State, created eight posts of Principal Magistrates and the process of creating remaining 14 Principal Magistrates is at the final stage. The Juvenile Justice Committee of High Court of J&K is closely monitoring the progress of implementation of the JJ Act to ensure better set up for the juveniles.
He said the Committee is constantly maintaining high vigil on the implementation of the Act and the Rules for which regular meetings of all the stakeholders from time to time are being held to review the progress. Inspections of the Observation Homes and Children’s Homes at Jammu and Srinagar are being done to improve the conditions prevailing in these Homes like food, clothing, recreation, educating, health and psychology of these children.
Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur stressed the need for larger participation of community, NGOs, social organizations for the safety of the juveniles. He emphasized for a cautious approach by the agencies while dealing with the juveniles and every effort must be made to mould the mindset of the children to bring them on the right track. He also stressed for a close vigil by the society to prevent the children from various abuses and securing the future of the children.
Justice Thakur said Government’s role is imminent in improving facilities and rehabilitation of juveniles by way of providing infrastructure and other facilities. He expressed satisfaction on the role of the stakeholders, especially the NGOs and some Government agencies. He hoped that the training programme will go a long way in motivating the participants to rejuvenate their efforts to work in missionary spirit for the welfare of the ignored section of the society.
Justice Mukta Gupta, Judge Delhi High Court deliberated on the subject in detail and laid stress on tangible steps to further improving the juvenile system, children in conflict with law and the children in need of care and protection. She laid stress on effective mechanism to deal with the cases of juvenile with all sympathy and care so that they can be brought to the right path to lead the dignified life. She said regular counselling seminars should be held at the ground level to aware and motivate the children against various forms of abuse and anti-social activities. She said entire society has responsibility to save the younger generation from the destruction due to drugs, child abuse and other anti-social activities. The Courts have special responsibility to deal with such cases with extra cautious approach to ensure proper justice and rehabilitation of such children.
Justice (Retd) Hasnain Masoodi and Bilal Bhat, UNICEF also addressed and shared their view points on the issues of juveniles.
Total four sessions were held on the first day of the programme. The first and second sessions of the Training Programme were chaired by Justice Mukta Gupta, Judge Delhi Court and co-chaired by Justice Alok Aradhe, Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and Ms. Justice Sindhu Sharma.
The third and fourth sessions were chaired and co-chaired by Justice D.S. Thakur and Justice (Retd) Hasnain Masoodi respectively.
New party in the offing: Faesal wants public money for ‘clean politics’
Srinagar, Jan 23: Former IAS officer Shah Faesal Wednesday launched a crowd-funding campaign for “clean politics and corruption-free administration” in Jammu and Kashmir hinting towards his plans to float his own political party.
The 2010-batch topper of the UPSC civil services exam said it was a “people’s movement for change”.
“Be a part of this journey for clean politics and corruption-free administration in J&K. Support Shah Faesal with your small donations,” he tweeted.
Faesal, who resigned from government service earlier this month, gave a bank account number for contributions and said payments could also be made through e-wallet.
Taking to a social networking site Facebook, Faesal wrote: “I had never imagined that my small act of defiance to highlight political deadlock in Jammu and Kashmir would evoke such a response across the world.”
He added that he had never thought that his “dream of clean politics and corruption-free administration” in J&K would take the shape of a “public movement”. “Respecting the public sentiment, I have decided to chart my independent political journey. And now in this new phase of public service, my mission is to support the true cause of humanity, stand up for the poor, marginalized and dispossessed and speak up for injustices, wherever in this world, irrespective of caste, colour, region, and religion,” he wrote.
Faesal said he imagined a politics where youth can “lead the change and take charge of their future”.“I wish to partner with a new generation of young leaders who can stand up for human rights, environment, free speech and rule of law. My idea is to seek help from the people of India, build alliances with the Indian civil society and intellectual class to humanize the narrative around Kashmir conflict so that lasting peace can be achieved in J&K State.”
He added that his “mission” was to “truthfully represent aspirations, culture, fears, and dreams” of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, across the world.“I wish to facilitate dialogue between people of various regions of the State – Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Pir Panchal, and Chenab Valley so that an environment of amity and brotherhood can be built. I believe that development and dignity must go together, and we have to work together for giving a sense of security, better education, healthcare, livelihoods, electricity and other civic amenities to people of J&K State.”
“This is a people’s movement and it will be funded by the people. People are the only agencies who will help this succeed. Believe in me, be patient with me in this long and difficult journey and donate for this cause,” he wrote.
Earlier Faesal had resigned dubbing it as protest against “unabated killings in Kashmir, and lack of any sincere reach-out from the Union government; the marginalisation and invisiblisation of around 200 million Indian Muslims at the hands of Hindutva forces reducing them to second-class citizens; insidious attacks on the special identity of J&K and growing culture of intolerance and hate in mainland India in the name of hypernationalism”.
While he has made it clear that he would like to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Faesal has not joined any political party so far. Speculation is rife that he might float a new political outfit.
Priyanka Gandhi debuts in active politics: Mehbooba dubs her ‘X factor of 2019 polls’
New Delhi, Jan 23: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the sister of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, has finally taken the plunge into politics, just months ahead of the national election due by May.
Often dubbed the “Brahmastra” or the mythical ultimate weapon of the Congress, Priyanka will debut as the party’s general secretary in charge of the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh, which pitches her against the ruling BJP’s top two mascots, Prime Minister Narendra Modi–whose constituency Varanasi will be in her share–and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
“I have not sent Priyanka and Jyotiraditya for just two months. I have sent them to take the Congress’ ideology forward in Uttar Pradesh,” Rahul Gandhi told reporters.
Among many noted personalities congratulating Priyanka was former J&K Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, who tweeted: “Welcome Priyanka Gandhi to the rough and tumble of politics. She brings with her the grace of Gandhi Nehru lineage and her immense personal charm. Wish her the best. Could she become the Xfactor of 2019 poll battle?”
47-year-old Priyanka, who reminds many of her grandmother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, for both her charisma and the stunning likeness, is seen as a natural in politics but she has confined herself to the constituencies of her brother Rahul and mother Sonia Gandhi–Amethi and Raebareli–till now.
In national and state elections since 2004, the mother-of-two has campaigned exhaustively in the family seats where the Gandhis enjoy almost royal status.
Reports say her appointment to a key position reflects the Congress’s realisation that in a politically vital state like Uttar Pradesh, which has 80 parliamentary seats and is considered the route to power at the centre, the party needs to up its game and cannot afford just one in-charge. It is a huge gamble for the Congress, a sign that the party is all for aggressively taking on PM Modi and the BJP in the coming election.
The Congress dropped the Priyanka bombshell in the third para of a press statement that also announced that Jyotiraditya Scindia will be in charge of western UP. The giant announcement came as Rahul Gandhi began a two-day visit to Amethi. Priyanka Gandhi is in New York and is expected to return on February 1.
Congress leaders say Priyanka Gandhi’s arrival in party politics will galvanise the ranks that have been demoralised by the Mayawati-Akhilesh Yadav move to form an alliance in UP for the national election without the Congress, which has been pitching for a grand opposition alliance to take on the BJP.
Rahul Gandhi commented that the BJP was “panicking”.
The ruling party has been repeatedly targeting Priyanka Gandhi’s husband Robert Vadra, a businessman being investigated for allegedly corrupt land deals in Haryana and Rajasthan. Robert Vadra congratulated his wife in a Facebook post: “Congratulations P… always by your side in every phase of your life.”
In national and state elections since 2004, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has campaigned in the family seats where the Gandhis enjoy almost royal status.
Priyanka Gandhi was always active in decision-making and played a key role in the alliance with Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh election. She also reportedly oversaw the party meeting in which her older brother was crowned Congress president.
The BJP shrugged off the Congress announcement. “Rahul Gandhi failed so they need Priyanka as a crutch. Can’t they find anyone beyond that family?” sneered BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.
Srinagar-Jammu Highway still closed
Jammu, Jan 23: A massive snow-clearance operation was underway to restore the 270-km Jammu-Srinagar Highway which remained closed for vehicular traffic for the third consecutive day Wednesday, officials said.
The snow clearance operation on both sides of the Jawahar Tunnel–the gateway to Kashmir–was started and the snow-clearance operation is going on in full swing, said Deputy Superintendent of Police, Traffic Highway, Pardeep Singh Sen.
An avalanche had also struck the Jawahar Tunnel area on Tuesday, blocking both tubes on Qazigund side.
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which maintains the Jawahar tunnel stretch of the highway, pressed its men and machines to clear the road of the accumulated snow on Tuesday, Sen said.
“We are expecting the highway to be open for traffic by late afternoon. However, only the stranded vehicles will be allowed to move on the highway once we get the green signal,” he said.
Hundreds of vehicles, mostly trucks, are stranded at various places along the highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country, officials said.
They said the road from Banihal, which recorded over two and a half feet of snow, to Jawahar tunnel was also being cleared, while the Banihal-Ramban stretch is almost clear after agencies concerned removed minor landslides and stones which came down at different places due to incessant rains.
After three-day long wet spell across Kashmir, the weather showed improvement with local meteorological department forecasting dry weather till January 29.
The three-day-long wet spell ended across the Valley today. The MeT department had predicted improvement in the weather conditions from Tuesday evening.
The local Meteorological department said that there is no forecast of rain or snowfall across the Valley till January 29 here, saying that the weather would remain cloudy on Jan 25.