IOK Authorities Asked To Help Tral Family

Srinagar, January 24 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, after the Indian troops destroyed the home of a widow in southern Tral Township for providing support to the freedom activists, and detained her 14-year-old son, the apex body for juvenile justice in the territory has asked the authorities to provide immediate relief to the family.
According to media sources, the Chairperson Selection-Cum-Oversight Committee (SCOC), Justice (R) Hasnain Masoodi has taken up the matter with district and divisional administration. “After their house has been razed to ground, the family has become homeless with nowhere to go in this harsh winter. The administration has been asked to mobilize all available resources so that some succour and relief reaches the affected family,” Justice Hasnain Masoodi said. Mehmooda, whose house was destroyed by the troops, lost her husband Shahnawaz Ahmad Mir, a driver, in a road accident at Udhampur in 2009. She was left with a daughter and two sons – the younger son, Amir, is mentally challenged. The matter was brought before the Juvenile Justice panel by a child rights activist. The 14-year-old son of Mahmooda was kept under illegal detention on January 5. The juvenile was charged under provisions of Arms Act, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and for attempt to murder before sending him to a juvenile home in Harwan, Srinagar. The boy’s family had rejected the forces’ claim that they were providing support to those who are active in the freedom movement. But police took the boy away. “Child welfare committee Pulwama has been directed to coordinate with the administration and other aid agencies to facilitate immediate relief and rehabilitation,” Masoodi said. The panel has expressed concern over the plight of the juvenile who has been rendered homeless. As per the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2013, “As soon as a juvenile in conflict with law is apprehended by police, he shall be placed under the charge of the special juvenile police unit or the designated police officer, who shall produce the juvenile before the board without any loss of time but within a period of twenty-four hours of his apprehension excluding the time necessary for the journey, from the place where the juvenile was apprehended.” The law prohibits police from locking up a juvenile or lodging a child in jail. KASHMIR VOICE
IOK Authorities Asked To Help Tral Family

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