It is well established that children who commit crimes are less culpable than adults who are found guilty, as they do not possess the intellect or the moral capacity to comprehend the impact of their actions. For this reason, juvenile courts are necessary because a child of held to the same standards of accountability and justice as adults; but unfortunately in Pakistan, the number of juvenile courts is extremely less, or the system is weak. Despite the watertight provisions of the juvenile justice system ordinance 2000, underage offenders often face the same punishments meted out to adults because of the fundamental weaknesses of our juvenile system. So, it is my humble request to our government to increase the number of juvenile courts and also make the system of juvenile justice stronger that children should be save from extreme punishments.

ZAKINA ALIJAN,

Turbat, January 4.