‘Adopt holistic approach on juvenile justice’
JAMMU, Oct 12: National Institute of Social Defence, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India in collaboration with J&K State Legal Services Authority and Anugraha Regional Resource & Training Center on Ageing Delhi, today organized two day State level seminar on elderly issues at Police Auditorium, Gulshan Ground.
The seminar was inaugurated by Justice Gita Mittal, Chief Justice of J&K High Court and Patron-in-Chief J&K State Legal Services Authority.
Justice Rajesh Bindal, Executive Chairman, J&K State Legal Services Authority, Justice Sanjeev Kumar Judge High Court of Jammu and Kashmir, Justice Sindhu Sharma Judge High Court of Jammu & Kashmir, Sanjay Dhar, Registrar General J&K High Court, Vinod Chatterji Koul, Chairman District Legal Services Authority (Pr. District & Sessions Judge) Jammu, Mohammad Akram Chowdhary, Member Secretary J&K State Legal Services Authority, Sonia Gupta Registrar Judicial J&K High Court, Jammu wing, Dr. Veerendra Mishra, Director National Institute of Social Defence, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment Govt. of India, Dr. Aabha Chaudhary, Chairperson Anugraha, Rehana Batool, Director General Social Welfare Department, Jammu and Naushad Ahmed Khan, Secretary District Legal Services Authority, Jammu graced the occasion.
In her inaugural address, Justice Gita Mittal highlighted the sacrifices the parents or elders make in their golden days for shaping the life of their children and added that during their old days, they expect support, love and care from us.
Justice Rajesh Bindal, Executive Chairman J&K SLSA also highlighted that getting old is natural process and caring for the elderly is not only responsibility but also a moral duty as old people are the backbone of family and society. “This seminar is an endeavor to address various challenges being faced by the senior citizens and involve various agencies and civil society organisations in generating awareness,” he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman District Legal Services Authority (Pr. District & Sessions Judge) Jammu, Vinod Chatterji Koul, apprised the gathering that the programme has been designed to develop formal and informal social support system and to give a positive outlook to the ageing rather than liability.
Director National Institute of Social Defence, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India, Dr. Veerandra Mishra, highlighted various schemes, programmes and trainings conducted by NISD.
Dr. Aabha Chaudhary, Chairperson Anugraha gave brief introduction about the theme, aims and objectives of the seminar on elderly issues. She highlighted the best collaborative practices implemented by Anugraha for aged welfare in last 20 years of its working across India.
Mohammad Akram Chowdhary, Member Secretary J&K State Legal Services Authority presented the welcome address and apprised the participants about various age friendly initiatives of JKSLSA, including recently opened Ahata e waqar.
Meanwhile, Chief Justice inaugurated a two Day Orientation and Consultation Programme on ‘Implementation of Juvenile Justice Act 2015’ (Opportunities and challenges for Children in J&K) at Convention Centre.
The programme was organized by Juvenile Justice Committee, High Court of J&K under the guidance of Juvenile Justice Committee, Supreme Court of India and supported by UNICEF.
In her inaugural address, Chief Justice, stressed on adopting holistic approach on Juvenile Justice and impressed upon every stakeholder to ensure that the rights of every child shall be fully protected.
She said that the children must be made aware about their action and asked the participants to take their sensitization to the people at mass level. She also underlined the importance of ensuring proper age determination.
Justice Sanjeev Kumar, Member Juvenile Justice Committee, High Court of J&K, during his key note address, emphasized on the need to put collaborated efforts to overcome the challenges for effective implementation of Juvenile Justice Act 2015.
Director, Sher-i-Kashmir Police Academy, Udhampur, Dr SD Singh, while interacting with the participants, stated that the Constitution has laid down several provisions for the protection of children and it is high time that the Juvenile Justice Act 2015 shall be implemented in true letter and spirit.
Director General, Women & Child Development, J&K, Mir Tariq Ali.
Professor Ved Kumari, Department of Law, University of Delhi and Bharti Ali- Co-founder , Haq centre for Child Rights , New Delhi also spoke on the occasion.