Use technology for welfare of children, says apex court

RSTV Bureau

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court stressed on the better utilization of technology in order to use it for the welfare of children. The apex court also urged the authorities to use technology in order to track the missing children, rescuing those working in hazardous industries and victims of child sexual abuse.

The apex court, while stressing the need for use of technology in Juvenile Justice Boards (JJB) and Child Welfare Committees (CWC), said it was “disheartened” that there was an acute shortage of computers and peripherals in these bodies.

“It is well-known that our country is a technological power-house and if we are unable to take advantage of the resources available with us and fully utilise the benefits of technology through computers and the internet for the benefit of children, our status as a technological power house would be in jeopardy and would remain only on paper,” the bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said on Wednesday.

It said the data regarding children could be easily collected by using computers and the internet.

“This would be of great assistance in planning and management of resources and MWCD (Ministry of Women and Child Development) and others concerned with child rights must take full advantage of this,” the bench said.

The apex court also said that the Centre and states needed to look into this aspect and provide necessary software and hardware to JJBs and CWCs for their functioning.

It, however, complimented the Ministry of Women and Child Development for bringing out an online central monitoring system in this regard but said it was “unfortunate” that there was not much active cooperation of the states in updating the information on this system.

It asked the states to update the information on the online monitoring system “once a quarter”, adding “surely that cannot be a difficult task”.

The verdict came on a PIL seeking implementation of the Juvenile Justice Act and its rules. The petition has raised the issue of alleged apathy by the governments in implementing the welfare measure.

(With inputs from PTI)