Facilities for children in family courts: IHC seeks reply from Human Rights Ministry

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday sought a detailed reply from the Ministry of Human Rights in a case pertaining to provision of facilities to the children appearing with their parents in family courts.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah, hearing the case, raised serious questions regarding the facilities for children in family courts. The situation in district courts was very grave as even the building could not be constructed during the last three decades.

Lack of facilities was causing a delay in provision of justice to the people, he observed.

To a court’s query, a representative of the Ministry of Human Rights replied that his ministry officials had visited the Islamabad Katcheri (courts) to monitor the problems being faced by the public.

Upon this, the chief justice remarked that problems would not be resolved with just a visit. It was not the responsibility of courts rather the ministry concerned should realize its responsibilities in that regard.

Deputy Attorney General Tayyab Shah also submitted a reply on behalf of the Federal Government in the case. The case was then adjourned till March 26. – APP