HC scoffs at Govt ‘callousness’; Directs CS to file report by Dec 3

Asks Senior Counsel B A Bashir To Assist Court In The Case

EXPLOITATION OF GIRLS

D A RASHID

Srinagar, Nov 4: Passing stern strictures against the Government for not filing compliance report in a case about rehabilitation of poor girls exploited in the garb of providing jobs, the High Court has directed the Chief Secretary to appear in person or file report before the court on December 3, 2012.
 “Prima facie, it appears that by not filing the compliance report, the State has failed to perform its Constitutional and statutory obligations towards its own people. Like other democratic institutions, the institution of judiciary also survives on the faith of the people. It, thus, becomes duty of the Court to ensure that its orders and judgment are implemented in letter and spirit,” observed single bench of Justice Muzaffer Hussain Attar.
 The court also asked senior advocate Bashir Ahmed Bashir to assist it in the case.
 “In order to proceed with the matter with vibrating zeal and enthusiasm, Senior Advocate B A Bashir is requested to assist the court.”
 The Court passed the observation in a case, Muhammad Amin Beigh v/s State and others. The District Magistrate Srinagar had slapped detention order under Public Safety Act (PSA) on Beigh for allegedly exploiting girls under the garb of providing them jobs. Beigh had challenged the order in the High Court.
However, the Court dismissed his plea and subsequently passed series of directions to the government asking it to take steps to ensure rehabilitation of poor girls in the State.
 The Court had directed the state government to take immediate steps for conferring powers on all the Courts of Additional District Judges in Jammu and Kashmir barring Srinagar and Jammu districts under Prevention of Corruption Act, SVT.2006 (1949 A.D).
 The Court had also directed the government to take steps for amending the PC Act or make new laws for retrieving the money/wealth and for confiscating properties accumulated through corrupt practices.
 Chief Secretary of the state was directed to take steps to give proper publicity to the schemes sponsored by the Central Government and the State Government for the upliftment and assistance of the poor girls so that they would earn their livelihood and live a dignified life.
 The court had directed the Commissioner Secretary to government Social Welfare department to provide immediately all necessary information to the Chief Secretary in respect of schemes run by Central and State Government for the benefit of the poor women of the state.
 The Court had directed the Chief Secretary to file compliance report within three months. However, Chief Secretary failed to file compliance report.
 Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar granted one more opportunity to the Chief Secretary to file compliance report after passing series of observations.
 “Unfortunately some people with soulless bodies and ray-less eyes are showing cruel insensitive to the sufferings and plight of the people who catapult them to the positions of importance.”
 “The cruel insensitiveness exhibited by few people may result in ultimate breakdown of the democratic institutions and convert a society governed by law into one governed by rule of jungle,” the court observed.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 4 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 4 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 5 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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