NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court of India on Friday asked the Jammu and Kashmir administration to look into the allegations of illegal detention of children in the state.
The apex court also issued a notice to the Juvenile Justice Committee of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on a petition challenging the illegal detention of children in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) since August 5.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi has sought within one week a report in the matter.
The petition has been filed by two child right activists and the Chief Justice observed that it raises crucial questions pertaining to the detention of children in J&K.
Activists Enakshi Ganguly and Shanta Sinha had approached the Supreme Court, alleging that children and teenagers between six and 18 years in Jammu and Kashmir have been going through hardships amid the partial restrictions, after the centre scrapped special status from the state.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court that one case of detention of a person, mentioned in the petition, had been referred to the Juvenile Justice Committee after he was found to be minor.
CJI Gogoi said it was not the question of an individual, but a larger issue which needed to be addressed.
The bench however, said the claim of the petitioners’ counsel that they were facing extreme difficulties in accessing the Jammu and Kashmir High Court as the Valley remained in lockdown was not supported by the report filed by the Chief Justice of the High Court in this regard.
Earlier, when Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi pointed out that this was a matter that the High Court can also see, Ms Ganguly’s lawyer said, “It is difficult to go to the High Court.”
Chief Justice Gogoi said: “It’s very, very serious if people are unable to approach the High Court. I will myself visit Srinagar.”