9-Year-Olds Among Minors Detained, J&K Says Not Illegal, Top Court Told

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New Delhi: 

No little one has been illegally detained by safety forces in Jammu and Kashmir, the state administration has instructed a four-member committee appointed by the Supreme Courtroom to look into allegations of unlawful detention. The federal government, nonetheless, has admitted that 144 minors have been detained since August 5, and youngsters as younger as 9 and 11 12 months outdated are on that listing, the committee knowledgeable the Supreme Courtroom at this time.

In keeping with the state police, the minors have been detained for stone pelting, rioting, inflicting harm to private and non-private property they usually have been saved in Statement Houses, learn a report by the committee. The police have additionally dismissed media studies on the matter as “fictional imagination” and “sensationalism” meant to “malign the police,” the committee mentioned.

The report by the four-member committee headed by Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey was submitted in court docket in the course of the listening to of a petition by little one rights activist Enakshi Ganguly and Shanta Sinha by a three-judge bench of Justices NV Ramana, R Subash Reddy and BR Gavai.

After the activists’ allegation that kids had been being illegally detained by the safety forces, the highest court docket had requested the Jammu and Kashmir Excessive Courtroom’s Juvenile Justice Committee to inquire into the allegations.

“No child has been taken into illegal detention. As and when any report in respect of a juvenile in conflict with law is received, the said juvenile is dealt strictly as per the prescribed law on the subject,” the report quoted the police as saying.

“It happens often that when minors/juveniles indulge in stone pelting, that they are momentarily held up on the spot and sent home. Some of these incidents are exaggerated beyond proportion,” the committee quoted the police as saying.

The committee had requested the Extra Director Normal of Kashmir Police to submit a report on the matter. It had additionally sought particulars of bail purposes moved on behalf of juveniles in decrease courts in addition to the Jammu and Kashmir Excessive Courtroom.

In addition to the activists’ petitions, the three-judge bench is listening to a clutch of petitions on Jammu and Kashmir, whereas different petitions questioning the authorized validity of the federal government’s transfer to finish the particular standing of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcating the state into two union territories are being heard by a five-judge bench of the Supreme Courtroom.

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