Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: To commemorate “Global Day against Child Trafficking”, members of the Campaign Against Child Trafficking, Child Welfare Committees (CWC) and Gender Resource Centres (GRC) spent most of their Saturday trying to understand laws concerning child rights and coming out with measures that need to be taken for enforcement of these rights.

Inaugurating an awareness drive at the Delhi Secretariat here, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairperson Shantha Sinha pointed out that prevention of crimes against children could be ensured only if their right to education was implemented. “There is need for wider dissemination of information about the Right to Education Act and how communities can play a pro-active role in monitoring and ensuring implementation of this constitutional guarantee,” said Dr. Sinha, adding that NCPCR would organise awareness programmes and produce material on right to education for people at the grassroots.

Practical interventions

Appreciating the event, Department of Women and Child Development Director Rajiv Kale emphasised the role of GRCs in evolving practical interventions and helping the government to achieve its targets and goals.

CACT Delhi convenor Raaj Mangal Prasad shared information on various laws concerning child labour and highlighted the need for ensuring protection while conducting rescue operations.

Members of all CWCs shared information about their functioning and encouraged GRCs, non-government organisations and citizens to approach them in any case pertaining to child rights.

The role of GRCs in carrying out surveys that could provide a basis for creating a child tracking system, linking it with the CWCs, reporting violence, encouraging communities to send children to schools, monitoring the functioning of the education system and other agencies responsible for child protection were some of the issues discussed during the event.