ATSUM, DESAM join hands against child rights violation

IMPHAL, July 17: A total of 395 violence and crime against children were registered in the year 2011, although not a single chargesheet was submitted while 437 cases were registered in 2013, of which only two chargesheets were submitted which is an alarming disturbing development, said K Pradipkumar, convenor, Manipur Alliance for Child Right today.

He was addressing a one day consultative meeting on the topic, “Present issues on the violence of Child Right and RTE in Manipur” jointly organized by the Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur, DESAM and the All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur, ATSUM at the Manipur Press Club.

The meeting took two resolutions today which include demanding that the government ensure the proper implementation of the Right To Education and Child Rights and to form a joint committee of the hills and the valley to fight for Child Rights.

Meanwhile, continuing his speech, K Pradipkumar lamented that amidst such a hue and cry over child rights, several armed outfits operating in the state have continued to recruit underage children.

He said even if the children had come on their own to join the armed movement, it is not acceptable, he said.

There are also several instances when kidnapping of children as a means to earn money have been reported in the state, he continued before adding that it amounts to violation of child rights.

Amongst the districts of the state, Ukhrul has the highest number of reported cases of violence and crime against children, he observed.

He further continued on the topic of “Overall child rights situation in the Manipur-gaps and challenges”

Dr Gyaneshwar Singh, Member, State Advisory Council spoke on the topic “Role of state government towards implementation of right to free and compulsory education Act 2009”.

He said that teachers’ shall not engage in private tuition or private teaching activity.

Teaching and learning methods should not be confined into the four walls of a room, in fact they should be allowed to be active, explore and discover things on their own in a child friendly environment, he said.

Once the RTE is properly and widely implemented in the government schools, parents preferring the private schools for their wards will definitely decrease, he said.

According to the annual status of education reports of the year 2011, in rural areas of eight of the nine districts in the state, 71.1 percent of the children enrolled in schools in the age group of six to 14 are in private schools and remaining 27.7 percent in government schools, he said and added that the RTE 2009 states that the medium of instruction shall be in the mother tongue of the states.

K Saroja Devi, Probation officer, Social Welfare Department said that the Child Welfare Development Committee had rescued more than 300 children of the state from outside from being kept in improper and inappropriate conditions.

The children were later handed over to their respective families, she said while appealing to all to co-operate with the government to protect the children of the state.

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