SC says plea filed by child rights activists,raise substantial issues and alleged detention of children.

  • The SC assigned the J&KHigh Court’s Juvenile Justice Committee to inquire into allegations of illegal detention of children — some as young as 10 — by security forces in J&K, which is undergoing a period of lockdown following the reading down of Article 370.
  • A three-judge Bench led by CJI said it would not make any comments on the allegations for now.
  • However, the court said the petition filed by child rights activists raised substantial issues and alleged detention of children.
  • Solicitor General objected to the issuance of notice or mention in the order of “detention of children”, saying this would have huge and wide repercussions. However, the court did not concede to the request and maintained that the panel should initiate an inquiry into the allegations.
  • In the previous hearing, the court asked the J&K High Court Chief Justice to file a report that it was next to impossible to access the High Court because of the lockdown.
  • The petition referred to the illegal detention of children in Kashmir as reported in the media and seeking judicial intervention in the matter.
  • The petition wanted the court to direct the govt. to file a status report and order the Juvenile Justice Committee to monitor incidents of detention.
  • With regard to the situation in J&K, there have been certain reports specific to children, which describe violations of very different kinds, ranging from potential loss of life and liberty of the child to being emotionally and intellectually drawn into the conflict.
  • It submitted that the reports were serious enough to merit judicial review of the situation and enforce and monitor certain immediate corrective action.
  • The areas of concern as gleaned from reportage in mainstream newspapers are thus:
    1. Illegal, if temporary detention and in some cases beatings of young boys by security forces.
    2. Serious injuries and deaths of children, deliberate or accidental.