HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Legal experts today urged the government to show its serious concern towards developing and expanding juvenile justice system in the country.
“The government should be sensitive towards handling the cases related to children and juvenile justice system stresses on protection, promotion and preservation of children from developmental perspective,” said Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi at a programme organised by Office of the Attorney General of Nepal and Centre of Legal Research and Resource Development today.
Although the Supreme Court had decided to promote the juvenile justice system, the country is yet to expand juvenile courts nationwide, added the CJ. At present, there are only 26 juvenile courts in the country.
“There are some special provisions regarding treatment of children engaged in anti-law activities; criminal proceedings to children are still similar to those of an adult, “ said Regmi.
He asked the concern bodies to provide social security to conflict-affected and internally displaced children.
The chief justice said the age-old justice system has failed to prevent child delinquency.
On the occasion, Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare Secretary Tilak Ram Sharma said the ministry was working to set up juvenile courts nationwide with a view to providing child-friendly justice.
At present, the juvenile system in the country is based on the Children’s Act-1991 and Convention on the Rights of the Child-1989.