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Rehabilitation, re-integration of child should be ensured: CJ Mittal

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Jammu, Nov 23: Juvenile Justice Committee, Supreme Court of India, Juvenile Justice Committee High Court of J&K in collaboration with Government of Jammu & Kashmir and supported by UNICEF today organized Third J&K Roundtable Conference on Implementation of Juvenile System in the Union Territories of J&K &Ladakh.

Chairperson, Supreme Court Committee on Juvenile Justice Deepak Gupta, Chief Justice High Court of J&K Justice Gita Mittal, Chairman, Juvenile Justice Committee High Court of J&K Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, Justice Tashi Rabastan, Justice Sanjeev Kumar, Advocate General J&K D C Raina, Commissioner Secretary Social Welfare Manoj Dwivedi, IGP Jammu Mukesh Singh, Secretary Law Achal Sethi, Chief Child Protection UNICEF India Soledad Herrero, Secretary Juvenile Justice Committee Abdul Rashid Malik, large number of judicial officers of subordinate courts, members of Juvenile Justice Boards, member of District Child Welfare Committees,  members of NGOs, social organizations and several other stakeholders participated in the conference.

The aim of the conference was to provide an opportunity to all the stakeholders involved in the process of protection of child rights especially those who deals with the children in conflict with the law and children needs care and protection. During the proceedings of the programme, emphasis was laid on strengthening the Juvenile Justice System with special focus on implementation of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children Act, 2015 in the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh.

 

Presentations were made by key note speakers on progress made in implementation of the Act in light of recommendations and State Action Plan of 2018 Roundtable Conference. Besides, strengthening of the Juvenile Justice System and key features of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children Act 2015) was also discussed in detail.

Speaking during the inaugural session, Justice Deepak Gupta complimented the Juvenile Justice Committee, High Court of J&K, the Government and all the stakeholders for the work they have done with regard to the protection of child rights. He said that we have gathered here to discuss what all we can do for our children’s and the interests of children has to be foremost and rest all other things comes later.

He said with the shifting from State to Union Territory, the National Act is applicable here having and we might face are some challenges while implementing the new Juvenile Justice Act for protection of rights of children. Our efforts are always on to avoid the children’s getting their psyche damaged at a small age, if this happened the damage is difficult to get repaired leaving the child in trauma for whole of his/her life, he added.

Justice Deepak Gupta further said that if we want to have a society where all the children can live a happy life, then we must give them an opportunity to grow as normal child. Alternative care is one of the best examples to give positive atmosphere to the children’s, he added.

With regard to the functioning of Children Institutions, Justice Deepak Gupta said that all such institutions should be registered and strictly monitored by the Government. He also stressed on adopting effective Child Management Programme since the day child has joined the institution till the time he left the place.

Stressing on showing sensitivity to the requirements of the children’s is very important aspect and everyone involved in the process need to be sensitized about the meeting their requirements. Sensitive approach towards children’s is must if we want to do something good for them, Justice Deepak Gupta added.

He said that all who have gathered today has a positive role to play in sensitizing the people about the protection and guarantee the rights of children.

Chief Justice High Court J&K Gita Mittal while delivering her keynote address during the Third Roundtable Conference said that no matter, we all are putting serious efforts in ensuring dignified life to all the children’s but still lot more required to be done in this regard. We need to focus on generating more awareness on the topic and the children especially be made aware of their rights and how they can protect them.

She spoke about institutional care, strengthening the Juvenile Justice System, setting up of children courts, provision of funds from the government for effective implementation of the Act, infrastructural up-dation and other important aspects of Juvenile Justice System.

Chief Justice further said that psychological assistance should be provided to the children whenever required. She also said that the childcare institutions must be registered so that the government has a clear control over the activities happening there.


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Ensure all eligible beneficiaries are covered under CSS: Kabra

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Jammu, Dec 9: Principal Secretary Home, Shaleen Kabra, today exhorted upon the officers to spread awareness regarding various centrally sponsored schemes to ensure optimum coverage of eligible persons under the ambit of these pro-people programmes.

Kabra issued these instructions while addressing a meeting convened to discuss and chalk out strategies towards achieving cent percent coverage of beneficiaries under individual centric schemes.

Commissioner Secretary, Social Welfare Department, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi; Commissioner Secretary, Higher Education Department, Sarita Chauhan; Director General Social Welfare, Rehana Batool; Director Planning Social Welfare, Omera Shafaq and other concerned officers were present in the meeting. All the Deputy Commissioners attended the meeting through video conferencing.

 

Principal Secretary sought details about the status of various centrally sponsored schemes being implemented in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and directed the officers to ensure that all eligible beneficiaries avail scholarships and other benefits. He emphasized the need for creating massive awareness about these schemes so that all eligible are benefited.

Other points which were discussed in the meeting included 100% pension coverage to physically challenged persons and senior citizens above 70 years of age besides implementation of Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana for pregnant women.

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Mubeen’s detention order revoked permanently

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New Delhi, Dec 9: Two days after he was released “temporarily”, the Jammu and Kashmir administration informed the Supreme Court on Monday that it had permanently revoked the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) against NRI businessman Mubeen Shah, who had been picked by authorities in Kashmir in August.

Shah was released on Saturday from the Agra Central Jail where he had been moved to on August 7 after being detained in Kashmir Valley, along with a host of political leaders, social activists and separatists following the Centre”s announcements related to Jammu and Kashmir.

The release of Shah on Saturday was “temporary” and he was asked to surrender on March 7 next year, according to an order issued by Principal Home Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir.

 

However, on Sunday, the same officer issued another order, submitted before the Supreme Court, saying that the PSA had been revoked under section 19 (1) of the Act and the fresh order superseded its order of December 6.

Under this Act, the government may at any time revoke or modify the detention order against any individual.

“In exercise of the powers conferred under section 19 (1) of the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978, the government hereby in supersession of government order…dated December 6, revokes the detention order…dated August 7, 2019…,” the order said.

A bench of Justices N V Ramana, R Subhash Reddy and B R Gavai allowed the withdrawal of a plea challenging the August 7 order after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the union territory, said the PSA has been permanently revoked.

The top court was hearing a plea filed by Asifa Mubeen, the wife of Mubeen Shah, seeking quashing of the August 7 order of detention along with the grounds of detention under section 8(1)(a) of the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978.

The counsel appearing for Asifa said they would like to withdraw the plea as it has become infructuous. The bench then allowed the plea to be withdrawn.

“Once the Solicitor General submitted the order of complete revocation of PSA against my client, the petition was disposed off,” Shah”s counsel Shariq J Reyaz told PTI after the hearing.

Shah is among the host of politicians, social activists and businessmen detained after August 5, when the Centre announced its decisions to withdraw special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and divide the state into two union territories — Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.

He is possibly the first person charged under the controversial PSA to have been released by the union territory administration without any such directions from the court.

Shah figured during the US Congress hearing on South Asia human rights, focused on India”s action in Kashmir last month when Indian-American Democratic lawmaker from Washington”s 7th Congressional district Pramila Jayapal raised the issue about his detention.

“One of the individuals detained without charges is Dr Mubeen Shah, who is the uncle of my constituents in Seattle…this is former CEO of chamber of commerce. His urologist who is affiliated with Registrar General of Hospital has called for his immediate release because of serious medical issues.”

Assuring Jayapal, the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G Wells replied that America had taken up the issue of Shah with the Indian government.

“Yes, we explicitly raised the case of Dr Shah and shared your concern about the grounds for detention particularly given the health condition. We have received a response that he is receiving medication,” she said.

Based out of Malaysia, where he runs his handicrafts business, Shah used to visit Kashmir once in a year. Earlier, he was president of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He had come to Kashmir in May this year from Malaysia for a short duration but had to extend it due to a bereavement in his family and later due to infection for which he was undergoing treatment in a Srinagar hospital.

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Restore rights of Kashmiris: Chidambaram after release

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New Delhi, Dec 5: Breathing the air of freedom after 106 days made him first think about the 75 lakh people of the Kashmir valley, former finance minister P Chidambaram said on Thursday, a day after he was released from Tihar jail.

“As I stepped out and breathed the air of freedom at 8pm last night, my first thought and prayers were for the 75 lakh people of the Kashmir valley who have been denied their basic freedoms since August 5, 2019,” the Congress leader said at a press conference, his first after the Supreme Court granted him bail in the INX media case.

Quoting late South African president Nelson Mandela, Chidambaram said “freedom is indivisible” as he called for the restoration of the rights of Kashmiris, who have been placed under severe restrictions for over four months now.

 

The famous Mandela quote from his autobiography was based on his belief that once freedom of anyone is restricted, it can start an irreversible decline that is difficult to stop.

“If we must preserve our freedom, we must fight for their freedom,” said Chidambaram in lines that again recalled Mandela’s fight for liberty of all.

The 74-year-old also expressed concern for the political leaders of Kashmir, who he said have been detained without charges. “If the government allows me, I will definitely visit Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.

Almost the entire mainstream political class of Kashmir, including former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, with whose Peoples Democratic Party the BJP had at one time formed government in Jammu and Kashmir, are still under arrest.

The government had placed the Valley under a security lockdown as it moved to revoke the special constitutional status of the Muslim-majority region on August 5 by deploying thousands of additional troops and imposing a communication blackout.

While some restrictions have since been lifted, several still remain, including the blackout on internet services.

The government maintains these detentions and restrictions are necessary to prevent trouble makers from fanning tensions. The Congress party, along with others in the opposition, has raised the issue of the prolonged clampdown on rights during the Parliament session, but the government insists that this situation is normal.

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