Srinagar: The J&K high court on Thursday ordered director general of police to ensure no child was lodged in police stations or lockups.
Closing a suo-moto petition initiated by it, a single bench of the court comprising Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar also directed the state’s highest police officer to ensure all children are dealt with under the Jammu and Kashmir Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.
It also directed all chief judicial magistrates of the state to ensure the cases against the children covered under the Act are decided at the earliest and such children are not kept in juvenile Homes for any longer period.
It also ordered that efforts should be made to return the children to their parents at the earliest.
The court also directed J&K government’s commissioner secretary Social welfare Department to ensure implementation of the J&K Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act without any fail.
The court also directed the government to take steps to live up to the primary re-integrate the children covered under the Act at the earliest.
The duty which the legislature has cast on the executive and judiciary has to be performed with “vibrating zeal and pulsating enthusiasm.”
“The child though begeted by the parents belongs to the whole nation. In the hands of the child lies tomorrow of the nation. Today’s child not only chisels but shapes the tomorrow of nation,” the court said while closing the proceedings initiated by it based on a newspaper report that a minor in Pulwama has been arrested among 80 persons and lodged in the local police station.
The bench also underlined that it was duty bound to enforce law of land even in ‘extreme adverse circumstances’.
“Ours is a society governed by rule of law. Even in extreme adverse circumstances, this Court is duty bound to enforce law of land…. The child of 8 years of age cannot be lodged in the police station,” the court said directed senior superintendent of Police, Pulwama to handover the custody of the boy to his mother forthwith. He was later released on August 8.