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PUNJAB AND HARYANA HIGH COURT ISSUED GUIDE LINES TO GRANT LEAVE OF ABSENCE FOR 21 DAYS TO JUVENILES

March 29, 2020 01:58 PM

Chandigarh (Subhash Jindal)

The Registerar General of Punjab and Haryana High Court reportedly issued guide lines to Distt. and Sessions Judges of Punjab, Haryana and UT Chandigarh in view of outbreak of Corona Virus (COVID 19) to grant leave of absence for 21 days to Children under observation in Juvenile Homes in their respective jurisdictions.

In a communication to the Sessions Judges, Registrar General urges to direct the Principal Magistrates, Juvenile Justice Board in your Session Divisions to consider the cases of Children in conflict with law as per Section 98 of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015.

The Children placed in Observation Home, Special Home and Place of Safety be released on "leave of absence" considering lhc outbreak of Corona Virus (COVID 19). The Children who are undertrial or convicted for committing of offence other than "heinous offences" may be considered for a leave of absence for a period upto 21 days as per the advisory of Government of India.

The Children placed in Observation Home, Special Home and Place of Safety be released on "leave of absence" considering lhc outbreak of Corona Virus (COVID 19). The Children who are undertrial or convicted for committing of offence other than "heinous offences" may be considered for a leave of absence for a period upto 21 days as per the advisory of Government of India.

The following categories of the children in conflict with with law may not be considered:

*All children convicted or undergoing enquiry for intermediate or large quantity rccove1y under NDPS or under 379-B of IPC or under POCSO Act or offence of rape or offence or acid attack.
*AII convicted or undertrial children who are foreign nationals.
*AII convicted or undertrial children who are convicted or undergoing enquiry in more than two cases or for any heinous offence even if number of cases is two or less.
* All convicted or undertrial children belonging to other states since they shall not be able to travel to other states on account of lockdown/ sealing of borders/curfew.

Communication also directed the medical examination of child will be done at the time of his/ her release and readmission in Child Home, to rule out possibility of any kind of infection.

Registrar of Punjab and Haryana High Court also requested to ensure proper cleanliness, senitization  Provision of masks and medical facilities are being provided to the children residing in Child Cure Institution of State of Punjab, Haryana and UT Chandigarh.

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