HC seeks report on JJ Act

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, July 19: High Court today sought detailed report from Social Welfare Department (SWD) regarding compliance of Rules of Juvenile Justice Act in orphanage homes in Kashmir division.
The Division Bench of Chief Justice Badar Durez Ahmad and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey while hearing Public Interest Litigation on shelter/orphanages sought the report from Commissioner Secretary SWD about the deserted or abandoned children in the Valley.
Advocate B A Bashir who is amicus to the PIL submitted before the court that it is legal and statutory duty of the state in protecting and providing the facility to those children who do not have parents, or their parents have abandoned them or their parents are unable to take care of them.
Such facilities as envisages in the Rules, advocate Bashir said, are providing proper shelter, sufficient clothing, diet of full nutrition, education, health care, sports activities etc which is also provided in the schedule of the JJ Act.
He also submitted before the court that State is bound to provide monitoring committee to ensure the provisions of the Act and Rules are implemented.
Secretary of SWD has been directed to personally remain present in the court on next date to provide full information in tabulated form about these issues.

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