By SHAFAQ SHAH
SRINAGAR: Violating the provisions of Juvenile Justice Act, the children who need care and protection are being kept with juveniles in conflict with law, thus risking the well being of such children.
One such case has been brought to the notice of the newly created Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) and they have asked the child welfare committee to take measures so that the child is sent back to his home.
Bijay alias Bolu, a non -local boy was rescued by the police and his case was brought to the notice of the Deputy Commissioner, who eventually passed on the matter to the district social welfare officer who had kept him in Juvenile Home at Harwan with children in conflict with law, an official of Social Welfare Department said.
Bolu, who was in need of care and protection, was lodged in Juvenile Home on 29th November last year and on March 10 an order was issued by the Juvenile Justice Board for his release.
The order issued by the JJB reads, “Lodgment of rescued juvenile namely Bijay alias Bolu was brought to the notice of JJB Srinagar and after examining the case it is ordered that the custody of the child shall be immediately transferred to nearest children’s home established under section 35 (1) as the child falls under the category of section 2 (e) (i) (vi) inter alia.
The Board has asked the superintendent of the juvenile home to handover the custody of the child to superintendent Markazi-Fallahi-Itfal (MFI). The district social welfare has also been asked to refrain from issuing orders that are likely to risk the well being of such children and is in violation of provisions laid down in Jammu and Kashmir Juvenile Justice Act of 2013.
The district child protection officer has also been directed to ensure reintegration and reunification of the child.
“The deputy commissioner (DC) Srinagar and district social welfare office, lodge abandoned children, children who are rescued in Juvenile Home without even giving a thought what would be the consequences. The children who are in need of care and Protection cannot be kept with children who have committed crimes, but the DC without caring about the consequences keeps on issuing such orders,” said a Social Welfare Department official.
The Deputy Commissioner could not be reached despite repeated attempts.