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Naveen makes a case for rights of children

November 3, 2014


BHUBANESWAR: Violations of the Right to Education (RTE) Act and sexual abuse of children are the common denial of child rights in the state, followed by child labour and problems of migrating and disabled children.

 

This was evident from the cases lodged with the Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (OSCPCR) in the last four years. The commission observed its fourth foundation day here on Saturday.

Speaking on the occasion, chief minister Naveen Patnaik said, "The state government has formed the commission after considering the need for an independent authority to oversee issues of child rights violation. Our aim is to ensure that not a single child is deprived of his or her rights and is faced with any kind of violence in any form."

OSCPCR has received a total 450 complaints in the last four years of which 135 were on RTE violation, 90 on sexual abuse of children, 55 on child labour and 60 on migrating and disabled children.

He also said that over the years, the commission has taken several initiatives, including awareness on child rights and its protection amongst stakeholders. "The commission has handled several cases relating to child labour, child marriage, corporal punishment and several other cases related to child rights," he added.

On the occasion, a website was launched through which children and their guardians can lodge online complaints with the commission. "We are making constant efforts to solve the cases of child rights violations in any form. The commission has also consulted with 17 educational institutes to chalk out plans for checking any kind of abuse of children," said chairperson of OSCPCR Sruti Mohapatra.

She said the commission had asked Child Welfare Committees to visit at least 10 schools in the district and send a report to the commission about RTE implementation.

OSCPCR has a mandate to protect, promote and to address the cases related to deprivation and violation of child rights, non-implementation of laws and non-compliance to government policies. The commission is also coordinating the activities of Child Welfare Committee, Juvenile Justice Boards and Child Protection Units.

 

Among others, women and child development minister USha Devi, school and mass education secretary Usha Padhee, and women and child development secretary Saswat Mishra were present on the occasion. Children from across the state also presented a  colourful cultural programme.

Source: T.O.I

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