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Manipur bans minors from studying outside state
Correspondent IMPHAL, NOV 10:
Published on 11 Nov. 2010 12:02 AM IST
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Manipur government has banned sending out children below the age of 12 years or those of primary school to other states for pursuing education.
An office memorandum was issued by Manipur social welfare department issued November 2 last in compliance with Supreme Court order passed on September 1 of this current year The Supreme Court, in its order directed Manipur and Assam to ensure that no child below the age of 12 years or those at primary school level were sent outside for pursuing education to other states until further orders. It may be mentioned that in the past few years many minor children from these two states were rescued from many unregistered Children homes in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka wherein they were “ill-treated and tortured” in many ways including sexual abuse to the girls.
Most of the victim children were from remote hill areas of Manipur including Tamenglong, Chandel and Churachandpur with few numbers from Ukhrul and Bishnupur district and Assam’s New Cachar Hills district.
Over 200 children of the state had been brought to state after they were rescued from unregistered homes in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
Of the recent a total of 58 children, all from Tamenglong district were brought back from Karnataka and state social welfare department handed them over Tamenglong district child welfare committee for rehabilitation.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Right (NCPCR), New Delhi made an inquiry into the large scale transportation of children from one state to another including Manipur and Assam to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka following a directive of the Supreme Court.
The Commission inquired into the matter and submitted a report to the Supreme Court on July 15 last, a copy of which has been shared with the state of Assam, Manipur, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and as well as to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of DoNER and Ministry of Home Affairs through Ministry of Women & Child Development (MWCD).
After analyzing the report of the NCPCR, the Supreme Court directed, among others, to ensure that no child of above said category are sent outside their respective states.
The court also directed to Ministry of DoNER looking after the development affairs of the north east region to assess requirement in terms of educational infrastructure such as construction of school building, hostels and children homes in consultations with the states of Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya and submit a report to the Ministry of Human Resources Development for support.

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