Dimapur, December 18: Nearly a month after ‘Cradle of Hope’, a pilot project of the Child Protection Services Nagaland (CPSN) was launched to give a ray of hope to abandoned newborn babies to see the light of day, the CPSN on Tuesday distributed cradles (Cradle of Hope) to the Office of the Commissioner of Police and Chief Medical Officer Dimapur.
Cradle of Hope aims to provide a viable option to newborn abandoned/unwanted babies, and also give the mother to make responsible decision, a decision that may save a live, said the CPSN. Basically it aims at helping young mothers “to surrender their child in a responsible manner.”
The white and pink cradles shall be placed at various Police Stations, Primary Heath Centers, Community Health Centers and hospitals under Dimapur District. Each cradle, whether in the police station, hospital or anganwadi, will be under the responsibility of a designated individual who will be in touch with the district child protection unit, child welfare committee and Childline under the protection and responsibility of the village/ward child protection committee.
On November 19 last, Advisor, Department of Social Welfare, Noke Wangnao had launched the Cradle of Hope during Child Rights Week 2018. Cradle of Hope was launched in Dimapur district as a pilot project under Innovative Intervention Programme under Child Protection Services Scheme.
According to CPSN, around 90 cradles shall be placed at strategic key points in and around Dimapur to ensure that no babies are dumped in dustbins, jungles etc.
Anyone in distress and who wants to surrender her/his newborn baby can do so in anonymity and in a responsible manner by placing the child in the cradle so that the child can be sent to loving homes, CPSN said.
At the launching of the Cradle of Hope on November 19, Director, Child Protection Services Nagaland, Chubainla Jamir had said, “”We have cases of babies found in drainages, trash bins and jungles etc….abandonment of babies could be because of various reasons such as unplanned pregnancy, poverty, alcohol and substance abuse or because of lack of knowledge and ignorance on the part of the parents.”
We want all to know that there are alternative ways in which they can surrender their child, give hope and future in a responsible and legal procedure, she had said.
The pilot project Cradle of Hope is restricted to Dimapur district. If it works, it is likely to be extended across the State. (Page News Service)