31st July, 2003
Since 29th July in Karanpur sub-jail in Sri Ganganagar district. Charged u/s 109 CrPC, for vagrancy. Was produced in front of a magistrate on the 29 th of July who sent him to a sub-jail. From the 27 th of June to the 28 th he was held at Kesarisinghpur police station, 40 kms from SriGanganagar district .
First news reports appeared in Rajasthan Patrika dated 29th June which said that he has been in custody since two days. The news report stated that he was handed over to Rajasthan police by the BSF who picked him up on the 26th June, he had crossed the border innocently. According to news reports and interaction with police no case has been filed against him. There is just an entry in the roznamcha.
Now he has been in police custody since a month. The Sri Ganganagar
arguments of the PUCL
We believe that the State Government has violated the Juvenile Justice Act by keeping the child in police custody. Munir is about 13 years of age, and is a juvenile requiring special protection under the domestic and international law. We believe that in the present case there has been a complete breakdown of the juvenile justice system. Firstly, Munir has been wrongly incarcerated in the police lock-up for over a month in absolute violation of the prevailing juvenile legislation. Secondly, since 26-6-2003 when the Border Security Force took him in custody he has not been produced before any Magistrate or Juvenile Justice Board. The latter is a must under the Juvenile Justice Act.
According to the PUCL the United Nations Convention for the Rights of
The PUCL also appeals that Munir should be repatriated to his home in
The PUCL has taken up the matter with the GOR and has demanded that
The PUCL has moved this matter in the Rajasthan High Court, Jaipur Bench. It was heard on the 28th of July, 2003. It came up in the Court of Justice Yaad Ram Meena and Justice Shashi Kant Sharma. The Court issued notices to the Government of Rajasthan asking them to reply in four weeks time in the said matter. The insensitivity of the Judiciary in this matter is obvious that a petition arguing for providing justice to a child is treated in a routine way. On hearing that the boy was a Pakistani the Judges cut short the lawyer for the PUCL Prem Krishna Sharma, who is also President of the State PUCL and refused to hear further on the matter.
The PUCL wrote to the Indo-Pak Peace Forum, columnist and Parliamentarian
Mr. Kuldeep Nayar. Mr. Kuldip Nayar addressed a press
We appeal to all citizens to act on this matter and write to
Against the unjust detention, immediate release and ensuring safe passage to Munir so that he can be reunited with his family at the earliest:
In case you would like more information on this matter you can contact us in Jaipur and Sri Ganganagar:
emails & phone no: