Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) government has decided to establish 7 new child protection courts in the province.
KP Chief Minister, Mahmood Khan, gave the approval to set up special courts during a cabinet meeting held in Peshawar.
KP government has established the child protection courts under the KP Child Protection and Welfare Act 2010 and Juvenile Justice System Act 2018.
The latest development is in line with the KP government’s efforts to curb the rising cases of child abuse in the province.
Child protection courts will also hear cases related to child welfare, legal custody, juvenile crimes, and property cases of orphans.
Information Minister of KP, Shaukat Yousafzai, revealed that these courts will operate at the district level and will be headed by an additional district and sessions judge.
Each of the 7 child protection courts will receive an annual budget of Rs. 50 million, Information Minister stated further.
Last year in March, Chief Justice Peshawar High Court, Justice Waqar Seth, inaugurated the province’s first-ever child protection court at Peshawar.
Additional district and sessions judge, Justice Wadiya Mushtaq Malik, had concluded the first-ever case heard under the child protection court in April last year.
Since its inception, the child protection court has disposed of more than 450 cases.
Via: Express Tribune