LAHORE - Special Assistant to Prime Minister on law Ashtar Ausaf has said that a comprehensive legislation on juveniles is important but their education and training is more vital.

Ashtar, who had been Advocate General Punjab twice, has also expressed serious concerns over the removal of social sciences subject from the curriculum of children-students which, he says, has much significance for them to make them aware of their rights. He expressed these views while taking to a seminar on legislation for juveniles under aegis of Unicef held here on Thursday.

Talking about the prosecution and investigation of the cases related to juveniles, Mr. Ashtar Ausaf said that usually the juveniles offenders were focused but the victims of juveniles were ignored. “We also need to concentrate on family units and have to root out the attitude of intolerance from the society,” he said.

He said all stakeholders must be included for effective and comprehensive legislation for juveniles. To a question that whether the country had no legislation on juveniles, he said that it had been but the LHC had set aside it in 2005.  

Answering to a question, he said federal and all the provincial legislative assemblies would make law for juveniles. However, he suggested that police, social scientists, Home Department, Social Welfare Department and Prison Staff, teachers and especially the family members of victim juveniles must be consulted before legislation over the rights of the juveniles.