HC: Quizzing kids in sedition case a violation of JJ Act | India News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The Karnataka high court on Monday said the police questioning of students of Bidar’s Shaheen Primary and High School last year in a case of sedition is a violation of the rights of children and against the Juvenile Justice Act. It asked the state government to consider issuing directions to police throughout the state to ensure it does not happen again.
A division bench pointed out that the photographs placed before the court from March last year shows schoolchildren (two boys and a girl) being interrogated by five police personnel — four of them in full uniform and at least two carrying firearms. The bench noted that deputy superintendent of police Basaveshwar had not dealt with the photos in his affidavit filed at the same time last year. “Prima facie this is a serious case of violation of rights of children and provisions of Juvenile Justice Act. We direct the state to respond by filing a response stating on record what action has been initiated against the police official,” the bench said.
The court noted that only plain clothes police personnel can interact with kids, and where a girl is involved, women personnel should be brought in. It asked the DG and IGP to nominate a higher level officer to look into the violations and file a response by September 3, before the next hearing in the case.
Acting on a complaint filed by an activist, police had booked a sedition case against the Shaheen group of institutions on January 26 last year over the staging of a play against the CAA on January 21.

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