SHILLONG, Nov 17: The Chief Justice, High Court of Meghalaya, Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir has pointed out that education is one of the primary rehabilitative services that must be provided to children staying in juvenile homes.
The Chief Justice had made this comment while speaking during an event held to mark the laying of the foundation stone of the Shillong Juvenile School at Mawkasiang (Mawdiangdiang), New Shillong on Saturday.
The foundation stone laying ceremony was attended by Justice S R Sen, in-charge Juvenile Justice Committee, Meghalaya, Additional Secretary, Social Welfare, H Marwein, Commissioner & Secretary, Social Welfare Department, T Dkhar, Director Social Welfare, E Kharmalki, Senior Advocate, senior officials of the High Court of Meghalaya and inmates of Juvenile Home.
Spread over 25,000 sq.ft of land, the construction cost of the Juvenile School is estimated at Rs. 5 crores approximately. The School will have classes from Class 1 to Class 10.
Having laid the foundation stone for this important new school, the Chief Justice said that he school will help mainstreaming the children through observation, education and vocational training as incorporated in the Juvenile Justice Act.
He also said that with the proper support and care these children can return to society as bright future of the state and country. He hoped that the school will cater not only to the educational needs of these young kids but also develop them into good human beings.
Others who spoke on the occasion were Justice S R Sen and E Kharmalki.