Telangana: Hyderabad: July 2 (HS) Bachpan Bachao Andolan organised state level consultation on Samurna Behura Judgement at Dr MCR HRD Institute, in collaboration with State Legal Service Authority and WCD&SC Dept., at Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.
On implementation of Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 with specific focus on provisions of rehabilitation of children and observations made by Hon’ble Supreme Court in Sampurna Behrua Judgment, WCD&SC Dept, Labour Dept, Police Dept, were part of the consultation, the consultation held with the participation of the stakeholders like Secretaries of District Legal Services Authorities, Chairpersons of Juvenile Justice Boards ( JJBs), Officials of Women & Child Welfare Department, Child Welfare Committee, Spl. Juvenile Police Unit Officers, Child Care Institutions, Spl. Public Prosecutors, Superintendents of Observation Homes, etc.
The two day consultation was focused on Salient features of ‘Sampurna Behura’ Judgment, Current status of Judgment, status on Inter-relations between Institutional and non-institutional services and convergence of Stakeholders in the state for implementation of JJ Act, Status of Child Labour in the state, Schemes, Programs and implementation of the child labour (Prohibition and regulation) Acts, along with challenges and implementation of rehabilitation measures in the state.
All the stakeholders shared valuable information and recommendations for effective implementation of Juvenile Justice Care and Protection Act 2015 in Telangana State Challenges in the implementation of Act at each level among the stakeholders were discussed intensively and freely. Various recommendations pertain to Policy, Implementation were discussed.
Further, a summary of the recommendations that emerged from the Consultations for the urgent consideration and action by the Government of Telangana. Bachpan Bachao Andolan Chief Advisor Sri Sameer Mathur and State Coordinator Ms.Chandana along with Formed MP Vinod kumar submitted recommendations of the consultation to Honourable Principal secretary WCD&SC Dept, Law Secretary and finally met Chief Secretary of Telangana today requested to take immediate action for child friendly Telangana. Chief secretary responded positively for all recommendations submitted by Bachpan Bachao Andolan.
Immediate Constitution of State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) with providing sufficient staff and funds to make it fully operational. Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) & Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs): Immediate formation of statutory bodies In Telangana State. Filling up of vacant positions of District Probation Officers: fill up these vacancies to ensure proper enforcement of the JJ Act as Supreme Court has directed to fill – up the posts. Child Friendly Courts (exclusive Children Courts): Establishment of 10 child friendly courts exclusive children’s court at District level or in a group of District (depending on number of cases against children). At least two Public Prosecutors should be appointed to represent the cases of children in conflict with law (exclusively) at JJBs and for the Special Courts under POCSO Act-2012 dealing with cases of sexual assaults on child. Juvenile Justice Fund: Immediate allocation of Juvenile justice fund In Telangana state.