Workshop on child rights held
IMPHAL | May 15 : A one-day district level workshop on child rights focusing on “Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012” was held today at Tribal Research Institute Hall, Chingmeirong.
The workshop was organised by Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR), Imphal under the sponsorship of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). It prepared an action plan on child rights to make the child protective rights more effective.
The recommendation of action plan includes to urge the state government to set-up a child friendly court room to facilitate a child friendly environment in the children’s courts, to urge the state government set-up child friendly police stations and to urge social welfare department under ICPS bear the expenses incurred for urgent medical treatment for sexual assault victims who have been hospitalised. The action plan also recommended that hospital should also provide free medical services to the victim.
It also urged the education department to provide a child counsellor for every school to look after the behavioural change of the students and drug or intoxicant abuse incident among the school going children.
Resource person Keisham Pradipkumar delivered on “Gap and Challenges in the implementation of JJ Act, 2015 and POCSO Act, 2012 with emphasis on customary laws”. He said that there are many child protection rights and it was amended too, but the conviction rate is very low in the state. The main objective of organising this workshop is not about just creating awareness but also to inform about the need of working all the stakeholders together to curb the issue of heinous crime, he added.
He continued that the commission is planning to impart massive awareness about child rights by visiting remotest area of the state. The next workshop is decided to be held in Churachandpur followed by Moreh.
Addressing as presidium member in today’s workshop, chairperson of MCPCR, Sumatibala Ningthoujam stated that though the state is implementing various child protection rights, the cases of crime against minor is increasing day by day. Through effective implementation of constitutional rights all these crimes can be uprooted but it need collaboration from all the stakeholders. She urged all the stakeholders to extend cooperation.
The workshop was attended by officials from state police department, social welfare department, social activists, and judiciary professionals.
Other resource persons also delivered presentations on “An overview of JJ Act, 2015” and “An overview of POCSO Act, 2012”.
There was a discussion on best practices and challenges in the implementation of JJ Act, 2015 and POCSO Act, 2012 with emphasis on customary laws.
Deputy Inspector General of Police CID (CB) R.K. Meme Devi and registrar of high court of Manipur and member secretary of MASLSA R.K. Memcha Devi were also the presidium member of today’s workshop.
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