New Delhi, June 28: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has taken stock of the “gaps in Kashmir’s juvenile homes” during a five-day visit that ended Thursday.
The visit would be followed by an assessment report, officials said.
The NCPCR delegation assessed policies for children and legal safeguards of their rights and also studied the state’s efforts in bringing its juvenile justice law at par with national law.
“The state government has termed this visit as a goodwill measure and said they look forward to the commission whenever needed in future,” said Yogesh Dube, a member of NCPCR.
The three-member delegation met various stakeholders including labour, voluntary groups, the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce, the University of Kashmir and the State Legal Services Authority for discussions on rights-based programmes and gaps that need to be plugged.
“The civil society was very responsive and discussed various issues that need to be in place. (These) include birth registration, right to health care and educational rights which need to stepped up,” said Vinod Kumar Tikoo, a member of the NCPCR’s visiting team.
Headquarteredin Delhi, NCPCR was set up in March 2007 to ensure that the laws, policies, programmes and administrative mechanisms are in consonance with the child rights perspective.