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Juvenile justice act at a click

Ranchi, Feb. 1: Jharkhand today took a giant stride towards bringing information about juvenile justice within the reach of the masses.

Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court R. Banumathi launched the new webpage of Juvenile Justice Board, Ranchi, on the official website of Jharkhand Legal Services Authority (JHALSA) at Nyaya Sadan. The link, besides offering details about the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000, furnishes extensive data and information about juvenile homes in the state and how they are being managed under the aegis of the government. There is also information about advocates, who fight cases before the Juvenile Justice Board.

“The website will provide important information to activists working in the field of child care and development. Specific data, along with important letters and circulars concerning juveniles, have been loaded on the webpage for easy viewing and understanding of the provisions,” Banumathi said.

On the occasion, the Chief Justice also addressed a one-day seminar on Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act and Rules.

Addressing a gathering of police personnel, judicial officers and representatives of NGOs and child rights activists, Banumathi said all stakeholders committed to the cause of juveniles should work in harmony.

JHALSA executive chairman and Jharkhand High Court judge Justice D.N. Patel agreed that children in conflict with law required care and affection.

Speaking on sensitisation of police about ways to deal with juveniles in conflict with law, Patel said para-legal volunteers had been appointed in 47 police stations across the state. “Such children need to be explained their mistakes, rather than being punished. Being harsh is going to spoil the child and turn him/her into a rebel,” the judge said.

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