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CJI Thakur gets an Ally in Nobel Laureate Satyarthi in his War with Govt. on Judges appointment

August,23,2016:

I strongly support CJI Thakur in his endeavour to increase the strength of Judges right from District Courts to Supreme Court, he said.

CJI TS Thakur at Workshop on Rehabilitation of Missing and Trafficked Children
CJI TS Thakur at Workshop on Rehabilitation of Missing and Trafficked Children

Nobel Laureate Shri Kailash Satyarthi has come out openly in support of Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur on the issue of Appointment of adequate number of Judges in Country.

He was speaking at the National Workshop on Rehabilitation of Missing and Trafficked Children organised on 22 August at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

He strongly stressed that the sincere efforts being made by CJI Thakur for improving the Judge-Population Ratio in the Country is need of the hour. He said that Govt. is Constitutionally bound to secure Justice for all its Citizens, especially Children.

‘Easy Access to Justice and Timely delivery of Justice in a Child Friendly manner can only be ensured if Judiciary of the Nation has adequate number of Judges. Children in distress can not wait endlessly for Justice. I strongly support CJI Thakur in his endeavour to increase the strength of Judges right from District Courts to Supreme Court,’ he said.

The workshop was presided by Honorable Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur, Nobel Laureate Shri Kailash Satyarthi, Supreme Court and High Court Judges.

The Chief Justice of India pondered and reflected on the extent of the problem of trafficked and missing children and expressed the need for higher sensitivity & sensibility among the enforcement agencies and authorities.

He said that problem does not lie in commitment but in enforcement. He assured Satyarthi that scarcity of Judges would not be allowed to come in Judiciary’s commitment to Child Rights.

Kailash Satyarthi speaking on the Occasion with CJI listening
Kailash Satyarthi speaking on the Occasion with CJI listening

There are lots of international and national conventions, laws, legal provisions, constitutional provisions but still the ground reality is that 22 children go missing each day in National capital, Delhi and 180 in India everyday.

CJI Thakur further stated that according to National Crimes Record Bureau (NCRB) in year 2011, 96,000 children went missing in India out of which only 30,000 could be traced. Thus, that year around 66,000 children could not be traced. In year 2014, around 71,000 children went missing out of which only 31,000 could be traced.

There has been increase of 24% between year 2013-2015 in the number of missing children with Delhi and Maharashtra recording highest number of such cases. CJI assured Judicial efforts with respect to protection of child rights will continue despite whatever shortage of Judges. He said that there is need for improvement of child protection homes.

Speaking at the Workshop Shri Kailash Satyarthi said, “Every child has right to laugh, cry,live & enjoy childhood and also have a right to dream.” He said that the need of the hour is child friendly Judicial Mechanism; time bound delivery of Justice & time bound rehabilitation of children.

He highlighted the fact that Courts in remote areas like Assam, Bihar are not child friendly and there is need for dedicated judges for handling cases against children in local courts.

Kailash Satyarthi also said, “We loose our childhood now, we loose our future.” He said that there’s a need to ACT now, where ‘A’ stands for Moral Accountability, ‘C’ stands for Connect and Coordination among agencies & ‘T’ stands for  use of Technology i.e pictures of missing children should reach to every police station in the country, proper CCTV coverage in factories to ensure that children are not enslaved & use of video conferencing in child related cases.

The Workshop was organised by National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) and Bachpan Bachao Aandolan (BBA) jointly.

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