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JAMMU: A Division Bench of State High Court comprising Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur on Monday directed Social Welfare and Education Departments to take joint action against child abuse and prescribe a roadmap for creating awareness on the issue in schools.
The court direction came in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Advocate Shivan Mahajan against child abuse.
Senior Advocate Sunil Sethi with Advocate Parimoksh Seth appeared for the PIL while Additional Advocate General Ravinder Gupta, Deputy Advocate General Rahul Bharti and Advocate M.A Bhat represented the respondents.
When the PIL came-up for hearing, Senior Advocate Sunil Sethi drew the attention of Court to the order dated January 31, 2018 passed by the Division Bench in the Srinagar Wing in PIL No. 09/2015.
The directions given therein take care of the issue with regard to constitution and operationalising the Juvenile Justice Boards throughout the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
This order also deals with other aspects including the setting up of the Child Welfare Committees in each of the 22 Districts of the State.
It also pertains to the setting up of Special Homes in the State, as required under the Jammu and Kashmir Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2013 and the Rules made thereunder. He, therefore, submitted that on those issues, which the Srinagar Bench has already dealt with in the aforesaid order, there is no need for passing any direction from this Court as that would only lead to duplication.
While submitting that there is a lack of awareness, particularly amongst the children, as to what is the nature of child abuse and, as a result, some of the children may be suffering in silence, Advocate Sethi suggested that it is necessary for each of the schools to designate one officer or a teacher, who is sensitive to these issues, who can function as the person where any complaint by any child is received for necessary action to prevent further child abuse.
Upon this, DB directed Headmasters/Principals of the schools to nominate at least one teacher/official for entertaining complaints of children. The DB also directed respondents to file compliance/status report within four weeks.
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