Judges Convention in Maharashtra

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On 25 March 2018, judicial officers in six divisions across Maharashtra met for a special State Level Convention hosted by the Maharashtra State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR) in association with International Justice Mission (IJM). The objective of the convention was to bring attention to the protection of child rights within the justice delivery system.

The brainchild of Mr. Pravin Ghuge, Chairperson of MSCPCR, the convention was held in the light of the recent Supreme Court judgment in Sampurna Behura vs. Union of India. Mr. Ghuge decided to partner with international human rights organisation, IJM to organise the convention across six divisions in Maharashtra.

On 25 March, over 600 members of the judiciary, Juvenile Justice Boards, government officials and other stakeholders participated in the convention hosted at Konkan Division, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Pune, Nashik and Amravati. The aim of the convention was to bring together presiding officers of Children’s Courts, Special Courts under The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, (POCSO) and Chairman/Members of Juvenile Justice Board under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 (JJA) in Maharashtra. The objective of the convention was to discuss the implementation and interaction of the provisions of law that would protect child victims of sexual offences, besides effectively prosecuting the perpetrators.

30 resource people, comprising members of the Judiciary, high ranking police officials and experts from the field, facilitated the training through a series of discussions. Through the sessions, appropriate solutions were identified and proposed for the benefit of the law practitioners.

The attachment below is a report of the entire convention.