Manipur Govt. Directed To Set Up Child Rights Commission

IMPHAL, Jan 15: A division bench of Gauhati High Court, Imphal Bench comprising Chief Justice Madan Bhimarao Lokur and Justice Asok Potsangbam has issued a directive to the Government of Manipur to set up a State Commission for Protection of Child Rights under the provisions of Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005 within a period of 10 months from the day the directive was issued, and in any case, on or before 31.12.2011.

The High Court issued the directive on January 10 after hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Kumarjit Singh (37), a resident of Thangmeiband Hijam Dewan Leikai in Imphal West district.

The High Court noted that the only prayer in the petition was for a direction to the respondents to set up a State Commission under the provisions of the Commissions for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005. Since the law requires the setting up of a State Commission, the High Court directed the state government to do the needful within the stipulated period, and the writ petition was disposed of.

Meanwhile, Advocate Meihoubam Rakesh has sent letters to the respondents to take up appropriate action to establish the Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights in compliance with the judgment and order passed by the Gauhati High Court, Imphal Bench.

Advocate Meihoubam Rakesh represented the petitioner while Senior Government Advocate Th. Ibohal represented the respondent Commissioner, Social Welfare, Government of Manipur, Director, Social Welfare Department, Government of Manipur and Secretary, Law & Legislative Affairs, Government of Manipur.

*Reported by Brozendra Ningomba


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