Published On: October 28, 2021 at 13:30 IST
The Delhi High Court asked the Delhi Government’s response on the allocation of cash to the Juvenile Justice Fund during the last few years, including the amount that has been disbursed so far.
A Bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Anup J Bhambhani also asked for information on the timeline for establishing Juvenile Justice Boards in all 11 districts of the city, as well as the current status of the boards.
The Court was hearing a criminal reference in which a Principal Magistrate of a Juvenile Justice Board posed legal questions about the situations in which a child in dispute with the law is also a child in need of care and protection.
“Any society has to be judged on how it takes care of its children. If we are unable to take care of our children, then God helps us. CCTVs are helping. It’s not only a deterrent but also works as an aid, “ the Court said at the outset.
Last month, the Court ordered that all cases alleging petty offences against children or juveniles that have been pending and remain inconclusive for more than a year, regardless of whether the child or juvenile has been brought before the Juvenile Justice Boards in Delhi, be dismissed with immediate effect.
The Court granted four weeks’ time to the Delhi Government to respond to the above-mentioned aspects and listed the matter for further hearing on December 14.