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>350 children continue to languish in jails

>THREE hundred and fifty children are languishing in 57 jails in the country, although the High Court (HC) ordered the prison authorities more than five years ago to either release the child prisoners or transfer them to juvenile development centres. (Full report)
Among the currently imprisoned children, 298 are boys and 52 are girls.
The authorities also have yet to comply with an HC order, issued on June 2 this year, directing the jail authorities to release on bail from Kushtia jail a convict who had been sentenced while he had been a juvenile.
According to human rights organisations, the total number of detained children was 380 in April this year, 330 of whom were boys and 50 were girls. The number of girl detainees however went up by two till May 31.
On April 9, 2003 an HC bench of Justice Amirul Kabir Chowdhury and Justice Nizamul Huq directed the government to withdraw all cases against child prisoners under 12 years of age, and to immediately transfer all child prisoners from jails to juvenile development centres.

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