HC raps govt over juvenile justice act lapses

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday came down heavily on state authorities for failing to meet requirements in terms of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2013. “We are not willing to simply go on adjourning this matter while the Child Care Institutions in the state are completely un-operational and unable to serve the purpose for which they have been created. It is also not possible for us to ignore the life of the children of the State who would be suffering in the meantime,” the court noted. The court recorded that in case directions are not complied with a status report is to be filed within eight weeks and the Secretary, Social Welfare Department of the State Government and Mission Director, Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS), shall remain present in court. The court remarked that in the instant PIL, which relates to the working of the J&K Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2013, the record of the case discloses an absolutely unacceptable state of affairs.
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