National Webinar on “Juvenile Justice System in India: Issues and Challenges” organised by the University School of Law and Research (USLR), USTM
Baridua, 9th Mile, Meghalaya, 19th June 2021: A National Webinar was held on the topic “Juvenile Justice System in India: Issues and Challenges” organised by University School of Law and Research, University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya through zoom platform at 4pm.
The webinar was initiated by Ms. Marphy Hiloidhary, Assistant Professor, USLR, USTM & Convener followed by welcome address delivered by Dr. Baharul Islam, Dean i/c USLR, USTM. While delivering welcome address Dr. Islam expressed his concern that in India, juvenile delinquency is a huge problem of social concern. Recently, over 9,300 children lost their parents due to COVID-19 pandemic. If the government does not make suitable policy for them there would be a high probability in increase of the number of juvenile delinquent. Criminal behavior or delinquency among the children can be controlled before it becomes dangerous to the society. Our society follows reformation and rehabilitation approach so that the future of the delinquent can be secured to become a good citizen. Although the law is always fairly progressive but still it has certain gaps, issues and challenges that needs to be duly addressed.
Out of 395 registered participants for the webinar 178 participants actively participated through the zoom link along with the dignitaries of the University and invited Keynote Speaker Prof. Subhram Rajkhowa, Professor & Former Head of P. G. Department of Law, Gauhati University& Resource Person Dr Rupam Saikia, Chairperson, Center for Juridical Studies, Dibrugarh University. The dignitaries present in the webinar were Prof. G. D. Sharma, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Dr R. K. Sharma, advisor, Dr. B. K. Das, Director Administration, Mrs. Anju Hazarika, Registrar, Dr. Ajmal Barbhuiya, Academic Registrar, Dr. Nurujjaman Laskar, Controller of Examination, Ms Polly Borgohain, Director, University Classes, Mr. Shamim Akhtarul Goney, Mr. Angshuman Dutta, Deputy Registrar, Dean of Schools, Head of the Departments along with teaching and non-teaching staff of the USTM.
Welcome address followed by delivery of keynote address by Prof. Subhram Rajkhowa where he delivered sky high talk on the topic Juvenile Justice System in India; Issues and Challenges. He outlined on historical development of international and national law on juvenile and various relevant points such as on colonial era to present time issues and challenges on juvenile justice administration mechanism through the important provisions of the Constitution of India and also focused on important provisions of Indian Penal Code. He also highlighted on defective provisions of the correctional institutions.
Dr. R.K. Sharma, advisor, USTM, while delivering message to the participants focused on certain important relevant issues, factors of juvenile in conflict with law and juvenile in needs of care and protection.
After that the technical session started by the deliberation of resource person Dr. Rupam Saikia where he has narrated and outlined on the various provisions of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 with reference to judicial interpretation.
After the end of the technical session it was followed by question & answer session, various questions raised by the several participants of the webinar which was fruitfully answered by the resource persons.
Presidential address delivered by Prof. G. D. Sharma, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, USTM where he appreciated the webinar and even enlightened with a perspective how society plays a pertinent role in enduring juvenile justice in the country. Finally, webinar ended with vote of thanks by Ms. Marphy Hiloidhary, Assistant Professor, USLR, USTM & Convenor of the Webinar.