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We need to strengthen our juvenile justice: CJI

We need to strengthen our juvenile justice: CJI
Stressing the need for strengthening the juvenile justice system, Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir on Sunday said the country could face chaos if it does not provide adequate protection and care to children, especially those in conflict with law.

He voiced concern that despite 42% of population comprising children, who can be a force for potential progress in future, not much has been achieved for them and many face the problem of drug addiction.

‘How many of us think about children as potential force for progress for future. More than one-third of population, large number of them children, do not have proper facilities despite best of our efforts and intention’ he said.

‘This leads to number of problems and drug addiction is the worst problem there is. To address these, we have to strengthen the juvenile justice system,’ the CJI said at a conference of chief ministers and chief justices of High Courts.

He said juvenile justice system was the result of great deal of thinking by nations across the world and has to be implemented in letter and spirit.

The CJI said the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act deals with protection and care of children who are in conflict with law and are generally not from the elite society.

‘We have children with good education, they are from elite class but what about the rest,’ he said, adding that 10 to 15 years down the line when the new generation will take over there might be chaos if these children were not taken care of.

‘These are areas which we often need to sit and discuss,’ Kabir said while elaborating that there was a need for executive, judiciary and police administration to work together to effectively implement law.


MATTER OF CONCERN
  • How many of us think about children as potential force for progress for future. More than one-third of population, large number of them children, do not have proper facilities despite best of our efforts and intention, CJI Altamas Kabir said.

  • This leads to number of problems and drug addiction is the worst problem there is. To address these, we have to strengthen the juvenile justice system, the CJI said.

  • Juvenile justice system was the result of great deal of thinking by nations across the world and has to be implemented in letter and spirit, the CJI said.

  • We have children with good education, they are from elite class but what about the rest,’ he said.
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