Tribune Information Service

Saurabh Malik

Chandigarh, June 28

The Punjab and Haryana Excessive Courtroom has made it clear {that a} protection-seeking minor in a “live-in-relationship” is required to be taken care of by following the process supplied for underneath the Juvenile Justice (Care and Safety of Kids) Act.

Justice Vinod S Bhardwaj asserted this was to make sure the protection and safety of a minor, whom the legislation didn’t recognise as having acquired the knowledge and data to take greatest selections for himself or herself.

Take choice on board & lodging

The committee will conduct an inquiry earlier than passing applicable order and take choice relating to the minor’s board and lodging. — Justice Vinod S Bhardwaj, Punjab and Haryana Excessive Courtroom

Justice Bhardwaj was listening to a petition filed within the case of a minor desiring to dwell along with her “subsequent good friend” for ultimately solemnising marriage with him on attaining the age of majority. Their relationship was portrayed as live-in “within the nature of marriage”.

Justice Bhardwaj asserted the courtroom was required to make sure safety in accordance with the totally different statutes. The intention and object of the provisions enshrined underneath the JJ Act and Safety of Kids from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) was supposed to guard “the individual of a minor from being subjected to any such act, which is deemed penal by legislation”.

Justice Bhardwaj added the enunciation of statutory framework within the nature of the JJ Act and POCSO didn’t run opposite to the provisions enshrined underneath Article 21 of the Structure.

Safety of life and liberty assured to a citizen essentially ensured that the courtroom, when approached, would step into the footwear because the minor’s guardian and take all important steps to guard life and liberty. It could be incomprehensible to contend or counsel that the protecting scheme and process formulated underneath the JJ Act was not in furtherance of safety enshrined underneath Article 21.

Justice Bhardwaj added: “The courtroom can’t be oblivious to the responsibility forged upon it as a repository of the minor’s greatest curiosity and there will be no presumption that when a minor conveys his/her want to stick with any individual and that such individual claims to be the subsequent good friend/de facto guardian, the identical will really and in actuality be in furtherance of the minor’s greatest curiosity.”

He added the minor occurred to fall inside the definition of kid in want of care and safety. As such, the SSP/SP/Commissioner of Police of the respective district would depute a baby welfare police officer to supply the kid earlier than the committee constituted underneath the JJ Act.


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