Port Blair, Mar.11: An Inter-District Consultations on the Implementation of Juvenile Justice Act was held in the conference hall of Megapode Resort here yesterday. The Acting Chief Justice, High Court Calcutta, Justice Jyotirmay Bhattacharya, who is also the Chairman, Juvenile Justice Committee (JJC) High Court, Calcutta, presided over the function. The Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Mr. Anindo Majumdar also attended the meeting. The other members of the Committee, Justice Nadira Pathreya, Judge, High Court Calcutta, Justice Harish Tandon, Judge, High Court Calcutta and Justice Soumen Sen, Judge, High Court Calcutta besides the Chairperson, SSWB, Dr Poonam Arora were also present on the occasion.
In his keynote address, the Chairman highlighted the legal rights of a child as enshrined in the Juvenile Justice Act and said that the states should ensure that children are protected under the law, especially the orphan and those in need of protection and care, owing to poverty. Any child who has conflict with law should be corrected and not punished, he said. He also stressed for setting up of a Child Friendly Court, which according to him is a challenging task for the Judiciary. He expressed happiness that the District & Session Court, Port Blair has expressed willingness to provide a room for a Child Friendly Court.
Justice Nadira Pathreya, while speaking on the occasion suggested for setting up vocational guidance center for the juvenile of the Islands. She said, the children are talented, creative and can make handicrafts items out of the locally available resources for tourists. She also stressed the need for reaching out to the children in far flung Islands to cater to the needs of children in those areas.
Justice Soumen Sen and Justice Harish Tandon, Judges, High Court Calcutta while speaking on the occasion, appreciated the Administration’s initiative in establishing a child friendly village in the Islands and remarked that such initiative can set an example for the rest of the country to emulate.
Speaking on the occasion, the Secretary Law, Mr. Pradeep Banerjee informed that laws are formulated to regulate the behaviour of the society. Once such law is formulated, there arises legal right and also a delivery system comes up to deliver that right. Such rights have been enacted in the Juvenile Act and those rights need to be delivered to the children, he said.
In her welcome address, the Secretary Social Welfare, Smti. Rashmi Singh highlighted the activities of the Social Welfare Department for the welfare of children in the Islands. In her presentation, she informed that the Islands have less number of children having conflict with law. However, the Administration is striving to extend full assistance to the needy children especially the orphans and the underprivileged, she said.
The Chairperson, District Child Protection Unit/ DCSA, Mr. Udit Prakash Rai and Member UTCPCR, Ms. Rubina Siddiqui through power point presentations highlighted the various activities regarding safeguarding of Juveniles and their rights.
Later, a round table discussion was held in which the participants gave suggestions and feedback for a proper implementation of JJ Act. The function concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Director of Social Welfare, Mr. Govind Ram.