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Create panel for children, says Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court directs the state government to set up a State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, reports Harish V. Nair.

delhi Updated: Jul 26, 2007 01:32 IST
Harish V. Nair

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to set up a State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. Children, who face any kind of abuse, including corporal punishment, can approach the commission and file a complaint directly, thereby eliminating any chance of complicity between the law enforcement agency and the accused noticed in many cases. A division bench headed by Chief Justice MK Sharma gave an order to this effect.

The commission will have to ensure proper enforcement of child rights and effective implementation of laws and programmes relating to children at the state level.

It can enquire into complaints and take suo motu cognisance of matters relating to deprivation of child rights, non-implementation of laws providing for protection and development of children and non-compliance of policy decisions, guidelines or instructions aimed at their welfare.

It can announce interim relief for children and can issue directives for remedial measures to the state governments.
Two more juvenile courts

In an effort to lessen the burden on the lone juvenile court at Kingsway Camp, the Delhi government submitted to the court that their plans to set up two more courts. Making this submission, counsel Mukta Gupta said, “The court trying the children, who have come in conflict with law, called as Juvenile Justice Boards will be set up at the children homes run by NGO ‘Prayas’ and at Nirmal Chaya.”