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HC: Release mobile court convicts from juvenile centers

  • Published at 01:14 pm October 31st, 2019
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The court granted six-month bail to children convicted by other courts

The High Court has ordered the authorities concerned to release those convicted by mobile courts from Gazipur, Tongi, and Jessore juvenile development center.

The bench of Justice Sheikh Hasan Arif and Justice Mahmud Hossain Talukder passed the suo moto order yesterday, following a report run by a daily newspaper.

The court also asked the authorities to immediately release convicts who are less than 12 years of age. 

It gave six months to the authorities to release the convicts aged between 13 to 18 years.

The court also ordered granting of six-month bail to those above 12 years.

The court ordered the authorities to submit documents related to the conviction of these children within a week.

The bench said that the mobile court has no jurisdiction to convict any children, and detain them even for a day.

If any children are found involved in any criminal activities, the children’s court will conduct their trial, it added.

HC issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why the conviction of the children by mobile courts should not be declared illegal.

Secretary of the ministries of Home, Social Welfare, Woman and Children Affairs, DG RAB, and the Department of Social Services were made respondent for the rule. 

Barrister Md Abdul Halim, and advocate Ishrat Hasan placed the newspaper report before the High Court bench seeking necessary orders.

According to the report, the mobile courts have recently convicted 121 children for various crimes, and sent them to the Children Development Centre.