Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Manipur govt indifferent to child rights violation: NCPCR

Manipur govt indifferent to child rights violation: NCPCR

David Mayum, Imphal (May 21): As the conflict situation in Manipur escalates, Prof Shanta Sinha, chairperson of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), North East Cell has strongly advocated for a child rights policy for Manipur. A three-member team of the commission arrived at Imphal to take a first-hand account of reports of young boys killed in alleged encounters by security forces, and also to make an assessment of child trafficking cases.
Speaking to Seven Sisters Post on Monday, prof Shanta Sinha noted that children in many places have been enduring various difficulties and hazards under the conflict situation. Pointing out that he was able to see Government’s indifference to the many cases related to violation of child rights during his three-day visit to the State, he informed that the team was here to look into a complaint about the killing of one young boy — Ahanthem Amujao of Sawombung in Imphal East district by Manipur Police commandos in an alleged fake encounter on January 27 this year.
Even as letters were written repeatedly to the Government of Manipur to give a detailed report about the said incident, there was no response forcing them to come to Manipur. “So far we have talked to the victim’s family, the SP concerned and some witnesses”, Shanta Sinha said. After talking with these people, many incompatibilities and divergent verions were recorded about the particular incident. He had a meeting with the Home Minister, the visiting team was assured that the State Government would investigate and do whatever is necessary regarding the case of Ahanthem Amujao.
Stating that they have received reports about many children from Manipur being taken to South Indian States on the pretext of providing free education, Sinha remarked that it was illegal to keep the children out of communication with their parents even if they were given free education. All the required officials of the nodal organization would also be inducted, and a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) would be set up in the state.
Shanta Sinha appealed to all to abide by the rules of Juvenile Justice Act which has also been implemented in the state, and pointed out that there have been many cases of violation of the Act in the state. She also stressed on the need for establishing a State Policy for Child in the state and assured that NCPCR would extend all necessary help from its side in the regard.

Mizoram sees rise in child abuse, juvenile crime

UNI, Aizawl (May 22): Mizoram has witnessed a disturbing rise in child abuse and juvenile crime, with 89 cases of child abuse and 35 cases of children in conflict with the law registered during January to March this year.
The child welfare department, working in coordination with the administration and human rights’ bodies, registered 76 cases of physical abuse and 13 cases of sexual abuse against minors during the first three months of this year.
Meanwhile, the juvenile justice board also recorded 35 cases of children in conflict with the law.
According to a source from the integrated child protection scheme (ICPS), 40 children were detained at its observation home during the three months of which ten were raised by single parent.
According to the ICPS officials, there are currently 1213 children in different orphanages in Mizoram of which 539 are girls.
As many as 258 children, who account for 21.27 percent, belong to single parent while 27 children (2.22 percent) have neither parents nor relatives to look after them.
From 2005 till March this year, 156 children from the orphanages were adopted, including 12 children adopted by foreign couples during 2010-2012. Sunshine Society is the only license holder for foreign adoption while there are four licensed agencies for internal adoption.
~ Seven Sister’s Post

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