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Jessore juvie murders: High Court rules on 50L compensation for each victim family

The rule also asked why no instructions would be given to take steps to rectify the existing irregularities and problems in the child development centres


Update : 14 Sep 2020, 05:24 PM

The High Court has issued a ruling asking the government why a compensation of Tk50 lakh should not be paid to each family of the three minors killed at Jessore Juvenile Development Centre (JDC).

The bench of Justice Md Khasruzzaman and Justice Mahmud Hasan Talukder passed the order on Monday after hearing a writ on this regard.

Barrister Shanjid Siddique stood for the writ.

Among others, senior secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs, secretary of Ministry of Law, secretary of Ministry of Social Welfare, director general of the Department of Social Services, district commissioner of Jessore and the officer-in-charge (OC) of the concerned police station have to answer the rule within four weeks.

Barrister Shanjid Siddique said: “The rule also asked why no instructions would be given to take steps to rectify the existing irregularities and problems in the child development centres.”

The lawyer sent a legal notice on behalf of the family members of the three deceased to the government to pay Tk50 lakh to each of the families.

According to the notice, the constitutional responsibility of the centre was to protect adolescents but instead it killed them.

On August 13, three inmates were killed and 15 others injured in the Jessore JDC due to torture by its officials.

Dhaka Tribune investigation found that juvenile centres do not make any effort to actually assist minors in reintegrating with the society by applying the existing models of correction.

Officials appointed to such centres have to generally be more sensitive and humane as they are dealing with minors, but they are mostly hostile. Most of them are not even oriented to deal with juvenile delinquency.

According to the guardians, their children are treated as criminals instead of being considered as juveniles with special needs. There are huge irregularities in serving food, medicines, and other essentials. The minors are also often tortured for protesting the said irregularities.

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