J&K yet to have a commission for protection of child rights

The state commissions for protection of child rights (SCPCR) were established in rest of the states in India under the provision of the ‘commissions for protection of child rights act 2005’.

SHAFAQ SHAH
Srinagar, Publish Date: Apr 22 2018 12:14AM | Updated Date: Apr 22 2018 2:28AM
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Unlike other states in India, Jammu and Kashmir doesn’t have a commission for the protection of child rights.

The state commissions for protection of child rights (SCPCR) were established in rest of the states in India under the provision of the ‘commissions for protection of child rights act 2005’. 

A child right expert who wished not to be named said, “We have become very complacent with the protection of the child rights. While the act has been enacted in rest of states in India in 2005, it seems it may take further 14-15 years for us to have this act.”

The expert who is not supposed to speak to the media, said, “The JJ Act was implemented in the rest of states of India in 2000 and we implemented it recently. So we have habitual to delay the implementation of welfare acts.”

The main purpose of setting up of a commission for protection of child rights was to protect, promote and defend child rights in each state. The commission consists of a chairperson and six members who are well versed in child welfare. At least one member should be a woman.

Also, the commission is required to submit an annual report to the state government as well as special report when an issue needs immediate attention.

Shareef Bhat, general manager, Save the Children (NGO), said, “As per the Juvenile Justice Act, the state commission for protection of child rights has to be formed because it is a monitoring body that will ensures that the rights of the children are not violated.”

Talking about the Kathua rape and murder case, Shareef said, “The commission would have done a commendable job, had it been in place.”

It may be recalled that after the Kathua rape and murder case, the an official meeting had said, “Necessary steps have been taken for setting up of state commission for protection of child rights in Jammu and Kashmir.”

An official in the social welfare department said, “The department has already vetted the bill for setting up the panel and the matter shall soon be placed before the competent authority for approval to the promulgation of an ordinance.”

Minister for Social Welfare department, Sajad Lone didn’t respond to calls.

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