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