NSLSA sensitisation on child protection

Correspondence KOHIMA, May 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/15/2019 11:49:56 AM IST
“Child protection: Towards collective action”, a one-day sensitisation programme initiated by Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA) was held at  NBCC, platinum conference hall,  Bayavü Hill, Kohima on  May 15. 
During the programme, Guwahati High Court judge, justice Songkhupchung Serto released the magazine with short inaugural speech. Keynote address was delivered by member secretary Mezivolu T. Therieh. 
State panel lawyer Limhathung Ezung spoke on the laws relating to children issues where he pondered on the topic, child marriage,  juvenile justice act,  Protection of Children from sexual offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.
Sonia Singh stating on the challenges and role of Police in combating child protection issues focused on major child protection issues. 
She also highlighted on major issues confronting Nagaland like child abuse, rape and molestation, eloping (missing due to external question factors), push factors of metros, human trafficking, cyber bullying and stalking etc.  
Singh advised all parents to be aware of the fraudulent methods used wherein many are lured in the names of jobs and land up in prostitution and brothels.  
She also stated that 80 percent of the child abuse is by family members and encouraged all to empower girls. Singh also said that an FIR app has been launched by the department and helpline number where a child can call 112 and be saved by the emergency dispatch. 
Senior programme coordinator Childline India Foundation Kolkota, Avik Mitra spoke on the Indian laws and stated that the key holders for child protection were family, community, state, civil society. 
He also mentioned that today’s forum was a unique opportunity for all to come and work together to ensure child rights and create a safety net for the children. He also advised the people to make use of the Child Helpline number 1098.
Childline Collab director K. Ela shared her experience on children issues and that adults were the defenders of the children but have actually become enemy of the helpless child.  
She stated that some of the challenges today was ignorance, illegal adoption, customary law and practises, harassment to child services and encouraged all the become child friendly. She also cautioned on what one forwards in social medias. 
She also stressed on attention to a child having self harming thoughts because this child could prove dangerous for the society. She also pointed out that education and correction system of Nagaland should be student friendly. 
Clinical psychologist and founder of the Cloud Room, Themmungla Raman spoke on the importance of counselling for parents and children. The programme was chaired by NSLSA project coordinator Cherry Ovung. 


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