The High Court today called upon officials concerned to follow provisions of Children Act, 2013, while dealing with relevant cases.
"Special Committee for Child Rights of the High Court has noticed occasionally arresting of children under section 54, 55 of The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898, by the police although Children Act, 2013 is in effect," said a HC notice signed by its Registrar Abu Syed Diljar Hussain.
"According to section 44(1) of the Children Act, 2013, children under the age of nine cannot be arrested and kept confined. As per section 44(2) of the act, after arresting a children the police official will immediately informed the official concerned to look into matters relating to children, about the reason of arrest, place and allegations against the children and will determine his age primarily and record it.
"If the child is arrested under any particular allegation, the official concerned to children desk in the police station will inform the matter to the child's parents and probation officer and will take initiative to determine his age," the notice said.
"In spite of the provisions like these, if police arrests a child under section 54, 55 of the CrPC and produce him before court, the children court in that case has been requested to take rapid and effective actions in line with provisions of Children Act, 2013," the notice added.
Meanwhile, the High Court has also asked all the children courts to send information about the nature of cases pending before them, number of victims and accused and number of cases.
In a letter dated November 29, the HC has asked to send the information within seven working days after receiving the letter.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)