Juveniles’ situation in IHK worst: Report
New Delhi, March 25, 2013 (PPI-OT): In a stark revelation on the grim human rights scenario in occupied Kashmir, a fact finding report by New Delhi-based Asian Centre for Human Rights has termed the situation of juveniles in Kashmir as the worst not only in the territory but across India as well.
The report, which happens to be the first ever documentation on juvenile justice situation in occupied Kashmir and inside India, says that minors in Kashmir continue to be illegally detained under Public Safety Act (PSA) that provides for up to two years of preventive detention.
In absence of juvenile facilities for minor boys and girls, a brazen violation of 1997 J and K Juvenile Justice Act, minors are locked up in prisons with adults.
The report has documented six cases in which the minors have been detained in violation of Juvenile Justice Act and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The authorities in the territory have come under criticism by various human rights organisations for arresting minors and treating them as adults.
Dozens of minors have been detained by the authorities over the last three years. Many of them have complained that they were ill treated, beaten and abused during their detentions at Kashmir’s only Juvenile Home.
Human rights groups have criticized the authorities for failing to update its Juvenile Justice Law, saying the present version of the law is not consistent with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The latest report by New Delhi based human rights watchdog body has made some startling revelations on the abysmal condition of juveniles in Kashmir.
The report is calling for drastic review and revision of Juvenile Justice Act, and is recommending a ban on arrest of children under draconian Public Safety Act.
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