The Juvenile Act in J&K

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The Jammu and Kashmir police on last week said that it will no more slap the controversial Public Safety Act (PSA) on minors instead will guide them properly if they resort to outlaw activities. The remarks were made by the direct General Police, SP Vaid in a seminar organised by ICDS in Srinagar. Vaid admitted that the juvenile justice system in state is at infancy due to which the children detained for unlawful activities are not properly counselled. He even suggested that the state needs to have proper mechanism in place where the cops are trained to deal with minors. Vaid said that the police university in Rajasthan is an example in that case where separate wing is for the research in child issues. The confession of the top police cop is a step in right direction. The state government has been highly castigated in past for detaining minors under PSA. Even amnesty many times criticized the state government for detaining the children who come out on streets and protest. The attempts to discourage the street protests in which large chunk of minors participate by arresting them and putting behind bars with PSA did not change any situation, in fact evoked criticism only. In case the government is successful in setting up the proper mechanism in place to deal with the juvenile cases, the situation may change positively. These children who hit the streets needs proper counselling not iron fist. Dealing strictly with them can only infuriate their aggressive behaviours but not convince them to return to normal life.  

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