District Legal Services Authority, Tamenglong on Wednesday organised a one-day legal awareness programme at Oktan/Puichi Village in Noney district, Manipur.
The programme was sponsored by Manipur State Legal Services Authority under the aegis of National Legal Services Authority. Oktan/Puichi village authority chairman Akhang and villagers attended the awareness programme.
Secretary, DLSA Tamenglong Laishram Rina Devi spoke on the topic, ‘Rights of Children under the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015’.
She said a child is a person who has not completed 18 years of age under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.
She also spoke on the rights of ‘child in conflict with law’ and ‘child in need of care and protection’ under the Act. “Protection of the rights of children is the great concern of all of us to rehabilitate and bring them into the mainstream of society,” she added.
Advocate Jonah Inka delivered a speech on the topic, ‘Right to education’. A child means a male or female child of the age of six to 14 years under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, he said.
He highlighted the salient features of the Act, stating that every child of the age of six to 14 years has the fundamental right to free and compulsory education as guaranteed under Article 21-A of the Constitution of India.
Moreover, it is the fundamental duty of a parent or guardian to provide opportunities for education to his child ward between the age of six and 14 years as provided under Article 51-A of the Constitution of Indian, he added.