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K’taka to have separate children’s courts receives mixed response

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BENGALURU: Under the Child Protection Act, Karnataka will establish children’s courts to exclusively deal with child abuse cases.Santosh Hegde, former Judge at the Supreme Court of India said, “They should focus on strengthening the existing system, so that the disposal of the cases can be quicker.”

The support monitoring system under the Goa act includes setting up of Victim Assistance Units, socio-legal cell at Juvenile Justice Boards (JJB), going-to-court programme, special children’s court, and juvenile/child welfare police unit in each police station. Kshithij U.R.S, Social Activist and a Visiting Professor at the National Law School Of India said,“It’s a good thing because children who get rescued require a separate system.”

Since the Karnataka high court has sought the assistance of its counterpart in Goa to emulate the western state’s child protection act. Authorities wrote to the Goa High Court last month, seeking a model of the Goa Child Protection Act, which was implemented in 2003 to protect, promote and preserve kids’ best interests and create a children-friendly society. Santosh Hegde, former Judge at the Supreme Court of India further said that it is okay to seek assistance and have a separate cell unless they have enough finance.

Victim Assistance Units (VAU) will also be set up based on the model of Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN), a Goa-based NGO which was nominated by the Goa government to provide VAU service under the act. Kshithij U.R.S, Social Activist and a Visiting Professor at the National Law School Of India said, “Let’s have an optimistic approach to the act and it is nice that this act is addressing the issues on children which is often overlooked by the society as well as the courts.”

 

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