Child protection has always been a serious issue in India, and Northeast India has been at the centre of many such concerns, like procuration of minor girls, where Assam topped the list with 1519 cases reported in 2016. Hence, in order to highlight such cases, the fourth round of Regional Consultation of Northeastern States on the effective implementation of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 was held in Guwahati in the presence of Supreme Court’s JJ Committee.
The effective implementation of the JJ Act-2015 was has been a matter of serious concern for the Supreme Court. Through various rounds of conferences, development of the various committees is tracked.
The recent meet focused on the rise in child trafficking, setting up and proper functioning of rehabilitation centers for vulnerable children, more funding for required infrastructure and also additional strength to the State’s child protection services. Justice Deepek Gupta, from the Supreme Court said, ‘Foster care in the Northeast can be much better than the rest of India as most of the states in the region are tribal states, and unlike other Indian states, they have a different, warmer and more friendly attitude towards children.’
UNICEF’s Chief Of Field officer, Tushar Rane said, ‘There are areas in the Northeast where some of the children have been devoid of even the basic rights. The focus should be given to reinstate the rights of these left-out children.’
The fourth regional conference has been rolled out by the Supreme Court Committee on Juvenile Justice and High Court Committees supported by UNICEF and social welfare departments. The participating Northeastern states were required to review the implementation of children related laws and schemes and share their findings in the conference.