Mysore, Feb. 3 (DM)- Fast Track Court Principal Judge Ningana Gouda Jantli observed here that the mental growth of mentally retarded children, the disabled and special children would improve if they are taught morally and provided good education.

He was speaking after inaugurating a workshop on Child Protection and Juvenile Justice organised by the District Children's Protection Forum at JSS Law College premises recently.

Most of the people do not have complete information on child protection and the relevant laws associated with it. Only the Juvenile Justice Board and the Juvenile Justice Laws can intervene in rendering justice to children caught in legal wrangles. The Juvenile Justice Board, which has been constituted, applies to all children under 18 years of age and the Board had powers only to dispose off related cases, he clarified.

The Metropolitan Magistrate will head the board, which will have a single man and woman member. The members will be social activists having an experience of working in the field child health, education and development, he said.

The Government alone cannot take responsibility of all children and as such the parents too have their own responsibility. It is the duty of voluntary organisations to take care of children and guide them to become good citizens, in case the parents or guardians failed in their task, he explained.

The teachers should be more attentive on mentally retarded and special children in schools. They should also take care of children so that they do not come up against difficulties, he said and added that everyone should accomplish their assigned tasks if the society as a whole was to reach higher levels.

Forum Member Hemamalini welcomed. Convenor P.P. Baburaj delivered the keynote address. T. John was present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore