2 APRIL 2012
WORKSHOP ON CHILD PROTECTION HELD AT GURGAON IN COLLABORATION WITH NIPCCD AND CHILDLINE INDIA FOUNDATION
Shakti Vahini, a national level voluntary organization, which runs CHILDLINE (1098) in Gurgaon has organized a workshop on Child Protection in collaboration with National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD) and CHILDLINE India Foundation today at the John Hall Gurgaon. The programme was attended by the participants from Labour Department, Department of Education, Department of Social Welfare, Health Department, Programme Officer ICDS, Police Department, BSNL Gurgaon, HUDA, Municipal Corporation, GRP and RPF, Haryana Roadways, Red Cross Society and CWC member. Altogether 80 participants from different department of district administration have participated in the programme.
Mr. Tahir Husain HPS said “There is an urgent need of sensitization of Police forces on the issue of Child Rights and Juvenile Justice Act. He said that Childline in collaboration with Child Protection Unit should prepare a Booklet on the various facets of Juvenile Justice Act.”
Mr. Ravi Kant, Advocate Supreme Court of India took session on Juvenile Justice Act, Child Labour Act and Bonded Labour Act. The department of Labour assured that they will keep no stone unturned for the justice of the child labourers in Gurgaon.
Mr. Kant appealed that all the government officials should know that Child Trafficking for Labour is an organised crime, so it is extremely important for all of us to join hands in order to curb this crime. The need of strengthening of the restoration and repatriation of the victims was stressed. The impact of low sex ratio in Haryana which leads to child trafficking also dwelt at length.
Mrs. Bharti Sharma, Ex Chairperson CWC said “ Child Welfare Committee should be constituted as per the new Model rules of 2009. The police along with all stakeholders should ensure convergence and cooperation so that the best interests of children are protected. She spoke about the role of Child Welfare Committee and also requested the police to work in collaboration with Child Protection Unit in Gurgaon.”
Dr. Aruna Sangvan, Medical Officer of General Hospital said “She said that the medical authorities were collaborating with CHILDLINE whenever cases come to them . She appreciated the work of childline and said that all should work together to ensure that no child rights violation happens in Gurgaon.”
Mrs. Jyoti Duhan, the District Child Protection Officer said that the Child Protection Unit was operational in Gurgaon and has been working in close collaboration with CHILDLINE. She said that the Child Protection Unit objectives include assessing the number of children in difficult circumstances and create district-specific databases to monitor trends and patterns of children in difficult circumstances. Map all child related service providers and services at district for creating a resource directory. Ensure effective implementation of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 and its Amendment Act, 2006 at district/city levels by supporting creation of adequate infrastructure, viz. setting up JJBs, CWCs, and SJPUs in each district and homes in a cluster of districts as required.
Mr. Suresh Kumar, the Labour Officer elaborated the role of Child Labour Rehabilitation. He said that a Child labour rehabilitation policy as per the Supreme Court guidelines needs to be prepared.
Mrs. Sheel Kumari, Principal of Govt. Sr. Sec. School requested all the teachers and school administration to popularise CHILDLINE among children so that they know where to phone in any case of emergency. She also requested teachers to be vigilant on cases related to child rights abuse and child rights violation.
Police personnel’s present there discussed the challenges faced by them while they deal with cases pertaining to children. They emphasised that CHILDLINE has been helping in cases related to child rights.