New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Centre and the states to ensure that all positions in Commissions for protection of child rights, Juvenile Justice Boards and Child Welfare Committees are filled up expeditiously and in accordance with the rules.
Issuing a slew of directions for effective implementation of the Juvenile Justice Act, the bench also asked the high courts to seriously consider establishing child-friendly courts and vulnerable witness courts in each district.
A division bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta said any delay in filling up the positions might adversely impact children and should be avoided.
The court direction came on a plea that raised the issue of alleged apathy on the government’s part in implementing the welfare measure.
In its order, the court said: “The Ministry of Women and Child Development in the Government of India and the State Governments should ensure that all positions in the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and the State Commissions for Protection of Child Rights (SCPR) are filled up well in time and adequate staff is provided to these statutory bodies so that they can function effectively and meaningfully for the benefit of the children.”