Consultation on rights of children

Consultation on rights of children
Dr. Rosemary Dzuvichu addressing the gathering. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, NOV 28 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/28/2019 12:08:51 PM IST

A two-day programme on State Consultation on reproductive health and other Rights of Children, Adolescent and Women, was organised by Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), in collaboration with CAN Youth, at Tourist Lodge, Dimapur on November 28. 

Addressing the gathering as one of the speaker, advisor, Naga Mothers Association (NMA), Prof. Dr. Rosemary Dzuvichu, stated that Nagaland was such state that when people filed Public Interest Litigation (PIL), the defence took it personally, leading to petitioners being harassed, mocked publically and ultimatums passed onto the petitioners to withdraw the PIL. 

She lamented that Nagas mindset was that PIL has been lodged with an agenda for personal vendetta, and not for the right reason, where many a times, victims were victimized.

Pointing out irregularity and inconsistency of Primary Health Centre (PHC) in far flung areas of the state, she maintained that non availability of doctors was not a surprising thing. She further lamented that even gynaecologists were not available for proper delivery, causing hardships to villagers, even leading to death sometimes.  

She further claimed that Anganwadi centres in many places were found locked up or used as store houses. 

State coordinator, HRLN Nagaland Unit, Neiteo Koza, dwelling on the challenges and problems faced by general public, stated that the present scenario in the state was not a time to give awareness programme on Fundamental rights but a time to find solution. 

She lamented that even a highly qualified person was unaware of its “basic” fundamental rights and those who knew were silent and mute spectators. 

Reiterating on the infuriating attitude of doctors posted at different PHC’s in far flung areas of the state, she maintained that one single doctor was appointed at a PHC for more than five villages, where the doctor, since its inception, has been away on study leave for over five years. 

Koza therefore urged the youths to come together and voice out their rights. 

Director, HRLN, Delhi, Olivia Bang, in a short and brief message, questioned the gathering that when people can celebrate Constitution Day why don’t they fight for their rights. 

Speaking on the topic “CHILDLINE and challenges faced by Child Protection System in the state” CHILDLINE Dimapur, member, Rangdouliu, stated that many children were “abusively beaten, threatened and molested in barbaric manner” by the house owners.  

Giving a power point projection of images captured as photographic evidence by CHILDLINE Dimapur, of those “helpers” who were beaten up by home owners, it was noticed that many of the “helpers” were of the age below 12 years, where they were abusively beaten up from head to toe.

Rangdouliu further lamented that all of those home owners who had beaten up the “helpers” were highly qualified and stake holders and grieved that there were cases where the perpetrators were also law makers. 

She however mentioned that with the intervention of CHILDLINE Dimapur, many children were rescued from the perpetrators and re united with their families. 

She urged the gathering to call toll free number 1098, if in case any child were being harassed or tortured. 

Earlier, the programme was chaired by member, CAN Youth, Kilentola Jamir. The first day of the consultation programme was attended by various civil societies, youths, students, teachers and a handful number of advocates. 


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