Dimapur, October 19: Family Planning Association of India (FPAI), Nagaland Branch in collaboration with Human Rights Law Network, Nagaland unit organized an advocacy meeting for colony ward leaders today with Neiteo Koza, State Coordinator, HRLN & Pakinrichapbo, Law Officer, HRLN as resource persons.
Vincent Belho, General Manager, FPAI in his introductory remark highlighted the role and initiatives of FPAI in the State. He mentioned that FPAI is an organization, non-funded by the Government. It has its main office based in Mumbai. He mentioned that FPAI promotes raising the family through planning and preparation protecting the interest and happiness of the families.
Neiteo Koza during her topic presentation on POCSO and basic legal provisions for women stated that Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act is not a gender specific Act but give protection to all children of sexual offences who are below the age of 18 years. She said that at present the definition of sexual abuse has broadened and sexual abuse against a child under POCSO has been segregated, some of which are penetrative sexual assault. A
Pakinrichapbo, Law Officer of HRLN spoke on Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act and Pre- Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Technique (Prohibition of Sex) Act. He said that these two Acts are not properly implemented and called on the concerned citizens for effective implementation.
Ville Rhetso, Counselor FPA India in her keynote address appreciated the association of Kohima Municipal Wards Panchayat (AKMWP) for taking keen interest in mobilizing representatives from different wards. She briefed the participants about the importance of knowing the laws as it is beneficial for all and also the main agenda of the advocacy meeting on legal provision for the protection of women and children.
Akangkokla Namo, Programme Officer FPA India highlighted the concept and significance of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) for young people. (Page News Service)