ACHR denies terming 51 juveniles as “political prisoners” in response to the day-long bandh called by the All Party Hurriyat Conference (G)
New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights in its press release while responding to day-long protest called by the All Party Hurriyat Conference (G) in Jammu and Kashmir stated that in its report, “Juveniles of Jammu and Kashmir: Unequal before the Law & Denied justice in Custody” of 16 November 2011 it has not termed 51 juvenile cases as that of being“political prisoners”. The All Party Hurriyat Conference (G) Chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani called a day-long bandh today to protest in the wake of the report published by the ACHR.
“The Asian Centre for Human Rights termed the cases of 51 juveniles as“juvenile cases being tried in normal courts in J&K”. ACHR made no comment on the merits of these cases. ACHR only highlighted the absence of the juvenile justice in Jammu and Kashmir – a fact clearly stated by India’s Ministry of Women and Child Development which in its 2010-2011 Annual Report called upon the J&K State Government to amend the Jammu & Kashmir Juvenile Justice Act, 1997 and 2007 Rules to bring them at par with the Central Act.” – Stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of the Asian Centre for Human Rights.
“The ACHR stands by its report and condemns the alleged beating of the journalists, who were covering the protests, by the Central Reserve Police Force personnel.” – further stated Mr Chakma. [Ends]