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Will Visit Jammu and Kashmir High Court: Chief Justice Of India on illegal detentions of Children

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi

New Delhi, Sep 16 : The Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Monday reacted to the allegations by a child rights activist that children and teens between six and 18 years in Jammu and Kashmir have been detained illegally after the Narendra Modi government revoked Article370 in Jammu and Kashmir and people are unable to approach Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

Ranjan Gogoi said that he will go to Jammu and Kashmir, if required, to check whether allegations by a child rights activist that they are having difficulties in accessing the Jammu and Kashmir High Court are true.

The top court was hearing a plea by activist Enakshi Ganguly that children are being illegally detained by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, undergoing a period of lockdown following the reading down of Article 370 and alleged children and teens between six and 18 years in Jammu and Kashmir have been going through hardships.

On the issue of hardships faced by kids and teenagers, the Chief Justice pointed out that this was a matter that the High Court can also see, Ganguly’s lawyer said, “It is difficult to go to the High Court.”

A Bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was hearing Enakshi Ganguly and Dr. Shanta Sinha on allegations relating to the “illegal detention of children in Kashmir and sought judicial intervention in the matter”.

The petition wants the court to direct the government to file a status report and order the Juvenile Justice Committee of the High Court of J&K to monitor incidents of detention.

Chief Justice Gogoi replied, “Why is it difficult to go to the Jammu and Kashmir High Court? Is anyone coming in the way? We want to know from the (High Court) Chief Justice. If required, I will go to the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.”

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