Sensitisation on child rights

Sensitisation on child rights
Student leaders, church leaders, school teachers, anganwati workers, GBs and VLCPs with resource persons. (NP)
Correspondent LONGLENG, SEP 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/12/2019 10:31:14 AM IST

District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) Longleng in collaboration with the Social Welfare department conducted one-day sensitisation programme on “Child Rights and Child sexual abuses” at Yongphang village under Sakshi block Longleng with Yangthriba Sangtam, district child protection officer Longleng as the resource person on Thursday. 

Speaking on the topic “Child Rights, Child Protection Mechanisms and POCSO Act”, Yangthriba said, children too have the right to enjoy human rights like adults. Sangtam said, children have the right to live in a safe and secure environment with proper healthcare, nutrition, safe drinking water, right to acquire quality education and right to participate in decisions making so to make them a responsible citizen. 

He also said that children should be protected from any abuses and neglect and should be treated with dignity and protection from exploitation as they are the assets of the society and leaders of tomorrow.

He also said that it was the duty and responsibility of the family and every adult citizen to provide proper guidance and protect them from isolation. Sangtam also elaborated on some of the existing child protection mechanisms like the Juvenile Justice Act 2000 and its amendment and meant for children who were in need of care and protection, development and rehabilitation. 

Elaborating on the child sexual abuses prevalent in the society, Sangtam said, there are two types of sexual abuses ie, contact and non contact abuses. He further said that sexual harassment, assault and penetrative sexual assault are punishable offences under different sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012. 

Sangtam also advised and informed the participants to report any type of abuses to the competent authority by contacting SJPU, CWC, DCPU or dial toll free No. 1098 without any hesitation.

KezevinuoThepa superintendent, Observation Home Longleng said the home maintains child friendly environment hence she encouraged the participants to be aware about such existing infrastructure and report any cases to the competent authority and make best use of such facilities available in the district.

Chingsha PHOM chairman, Child Welfare Committee also spoke on the topic "Roles and functions of the department".

Student leaders, church leaders, school teachers, anganwati workers, GBs and VLCPs from all the villages under Sakshi block attended. Earlier, the programme was chaired by Vesevolu Rhakho, ADEO JJB, invocation prayer by pastor Yongphang Baptist Church and vote of thanks was delivered by Akangmeren councillor. 

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