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Seminar on juveniles at Don Bosco Institute

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Sept 19 - The 12th annual national seminar by the Don Bosco National Forum for the Young at Risk (DB YAR) began today at the Don Bosco Institute, Kharghuli here with stress on creating a safe environment for juveniles, where they can find adequate opportunities to grow to their fullest potential. The theme chosen for the two-day seminar is, �Restorative Justice and Children�.

Restorative justice is an approach that promotes dialogue between the victim and the offender and has shown the highest rate of satisfaction of the victim and the offender�s accountability under the primary responsibility of the community. Law professionals act as facilitators in this system.

Former Meghalaya Governor RS Mooshahary, while speaking as the chief guest, lauded the efforts of Don Bosco Forum for taking care of the young at risk. He attributed the plight of children in India to the rampant corruption prevalent in the system. He observed that while the Constitution of India guarantees ample scope for protection of children, the corrupt find loopholes in the laws and escape being caught.

Father VM Thomas, Provincial of Guwahati, said children are the most vulnerable in society, making restorative justice a fundamental requirement, which the society needs to accept as the guaranteeing factor for the well-being of children.

A book on the success stories of children titled Snehalaya-House of Love: From Rags to Better Life was also released on the occasion by the chief guest.

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