Nagaland Judicial Officers attend consultation on juvenile justice and child protection

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Dimapur, August 5: Nagaland Judicial Officers attended the one day fourth round regional consultation on North Eastern States and Sikkim on Effective Implementation of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015 with focus on Status of Integrated Child Protection Services at Assam Administrative College Guwahati on August 4.
The consultation was organized by Supreme Court Juvenile Justice Committee and Gauhati High Court Juvenile Justice Committee in collaboration with State Child Protection Society (SCPS) Assam, Social Welfare Department, and Government of Assam and supported by UNICEF.
Delivering inaugural address, the Justice Deepak Gupta, Judge, Supreme Court of India pointed out that Juvenile Justice should focus on not only the Juvenile in conflict with law but more focus should be on the social aspect for the benefit of the children.
He said that the system should be in place to provide what is due to the children and it is the duty of the stakeholders as duty holders to provide their due.
He further stated institutionalization of children should be the last resort and first option has to be provided by the family/community.
The Supreme Court Judge lamented that trafficking of children in the north east is a concern. He advised that therefore, Interaction with the children in the child care centers are an important factor.
He further highlighted that sensitization is the most important aspect for successful implementation of child welfare programs and that in every welfare scheme or program for children of 0-6 yrs the mother also has to be taken into account.
Delivering the closing remarks, Justice Madan B Lokur, Judge Supreme Court of India stressed that there should be state action plan for 2019. He said that for prevention of crime against children there should be vulnerability mapping where crime can be prevented. He also said that for improving quality of life of children is guaranteed under article 21, that everyone should be treated with dignity.
Justice Lokur also stressed on conducting Zonal level conference, Police first responder, New idea/mediation if possible in petty offence, necessary Social audit, training of professional and quality training is necessary, Good quality Counseling etc.
During a presentation of respective states, representing Nagaland State, Manla Konyak, Program Officer SCPS focused on key progress of last three years, ICPS review and action plan.
The officials of Labour Department, Social Welfare department, chairperson Nagaland child rights commission, registrar Gauhati high court and Member Secretary NSLSA represented the state. Chief Jutsice of Gauhati High Court, Judges of Gauhati High Court, UNICEF, Department of Social Welfare, Assam, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights were part of the programme.
(Page News Service)