WORKSHOP ON CHILD PROTECTION HELD AT GURGAON IN COLLABORATION WITH NIPCCD AND CHILDLINE

SHAKTI VAHINI NEWS

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 (NPCCD) and CHILDLINE India Foundation today at the Conference Hall of the Deputy Commissioner’s office, Gurgaon. The programme was attended by the participants from Labour Department, Department of Education, Department of Social Welfare, Health Department, Programme Officer ICDS. Altogether 80 participants from different department of district administration have participated in the programme.

Dr. Rekha Yadav, the Deputy Civil Surgeon of district health department said, “the Health department will of course extend its helping hands for the medical examination of the children in need of care and protection.” She added, “the health department is working closely for the issue of female foeticiciede which is one of the most important reasons for child trafficking in Haryana.”

Ms. Sunaina Choudhry, Programme Officer of ICDS said that the formation of District Child Protection Committee is offing and very soon Gurgaon will have the committee for child protection. The Deputy Commissioner will head the committee with the support of the Health, Education, Labour and other departments of district administration.

Ms. Jyoti Choudhry, the district Education Officer told that she would issue a circular to all the school principals for spreadinf the message of CHILDLINE (1098) among the school children.

Mr. Ravi Kant, Advocate Supreme Court of India took a long 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 human trafficking also dwelt at length. As a part of this programme a few recent case studies were also shared with the present gathering.

Mr. Subir Roy spoke about the roles and importance of the CHILDLINE Programme in city. He also shared the statistics of Gurgaon CHILDLINE for last four years. According to the data Gurgaon CHILDLINE has handled 508 cases in the last four years. The statistics said that the graph of child labour, bonded labour and missing children are highly increasing. Mr. Roy said that crimes were there in earlier also, but most of the crimes went unnoticed. Due to awareness created by CHILDLINE, Gurgaon now the number of cases are increasing.

He stated that CHILDLINE  is a network committed to a mission and mandate for child protection. It is to create a child friendly nation that guarantees welfare of children. As a part of this worshop a movie on human trafficking was  screened. The recent DLF Phase I rescue of a child labour was also shared with gathering. Mr. Kant said that it is the responsibility of all the citizens to inform CHILDLINE (1098) whenever they would find any child in distress.

At the end all the participants signed petitions against child sex abuse and trafficking. The signature campaign is being done by The Body Shop and Shakti Vahini. The petitions will be submitted to the Prime Minister of India on World Anti-trafficking day i.e 26th June.

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