Express press service
BENGALURU: After a two-year delay, crucial appointments are expected to be made to key child rights protection bodies, Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) and Juvenile Justice Councils (JJBs) in 31 districts of Karnataka. Appointments will be made within a month, according to the Director of Integrated Child Protection Program (ICPS), Department of Women and Child Development, Latha Kumari.
The long delay in nominating members – for 38 CWCs and 31 JJBS – is attributed to three main reasons. Two members appointed to the selection committee to select members of CWCs and JJBs on August 6, 2020, on the recommendation of the then Minister for Women and Child Development, were removed from their positions after An injunction petition has been filed against them in the High Court.
The HC passed an order on September 3, 2021, that they were not eligible for the positions. Two retired High Court judges who were appointed chairpersons of the selection committee have resigned. A week ago, retired HC judge, Justice HG Ramesh, was appointed president.
A full committee is now in place – comprising ICPS Director Latha Kumari, two NGO members including Vasudeva Sharma of Child Rights Trust, Dulseen Kaastra of Shanthi Sadana, Academicians Dr BN Roopesh, Assistant Professor, HOD, Social Work, Krishnadevaraya University, and Dr. Gowri Maanik Maanas, Assistant Professor, Division of Clinical Psychology, Nimhans, and Ashok Yaragatti from the Karnataka Commission for the Protection of Child Rights.
With this, the crucial appointments of a chairperson and four members for each child protection committee, a senior magistrate and two members for each juvenile justice council, are expected to take place soon. who deal with the files of minors in conflict with the law, appointed in October 2017, had completed their three-year mandate in September 2020.
Additional officers for B’luru
According to Latha Kumari, they got permission to have an additional Child Protection Officer and set up four additional Child Protection Committees (in addition to the three existing CWCs) to handle cases in Bengaluru, according to of its population.