Kohima, January 8: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights in collaboration with Nagaland State Commission for Protection of Child Rights and Seva Bharati Purbanchal held District Level Workshop on combating child trafficking at Hotel Japfü Kohima today.
Member Nagaland State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Ongbou Chang in his address said India is proud to have the world’s largest child population and they are our nation’s greatest assets who are dear to our hearts, however due to various factors or reasons it has got replaced by neglect, abuse, deprivation and trafficking which is the dark side of the our society today.
He said the huge demand for child domestic helper in our state, especially urban areas is promoting human trafficking.
He said as reported from some source the demand for cheap labour and sex slaves especially in Dimapur and urban towns has opened doors for professional human traffickers to take the advantage which is very unfortunate and alarming. He reminded the gathering that it is high time to take critical measures and steps to foster the spread of education, create awareness among parents and communities, strict laws prohibiting child labour, to support various NGOs.
Senior technical expert – North east cell and education NCPCR, Paresh Shah said several rights have been guaranteed to the children in the constitution of India, which enables states to make special provisions for children. He said government is committed to give children opportunities and facilities to develop in healthy atmosphere with required freedom and dignity and ensure that their constitutional and legal rights are protected.
He reminded the child rights like rights to survival, right to development, right to protection and right to participation. He also shared the NCPCR composition, mandate under other child related Acts, key action areas U/S 13, CPCR Act , 2005, strategies for effective functioning and others.
Kohima Deputy Commissioner Gregory Thejawelie in his address said there are many activities being taken up for child rights protection in the state, but there is still long way to go.
He reminded that the society need to give lots of efforts, support and back up for the children especially in regard to education and health care.
Stating that many cases against children goes unreported in the society, he challenged the concern authority to do something to know the actual problem faced by them in the society and bring to the public domain. In this regard, he warned that unless the present trend happening in the society is check the condition may go from bad to worst.
Senior superintendent of police, Kohima Kevithüto Sophie said that minors are particularly vulnerable to trafficking as they are more easily manipulated and often don’t realize that they are the victims of the crime.
He said child trafficking involves a number of complex crimes requiring law enforcement to collaborate with multiple community partners to identity and respond to child victims. He informed that juvenile/children who happened to end up in Nagaland from different states are engaged as domestic helpers and at the same time are abused and exploited by their employers.
He said with the proactive role of the child protection unit in creating public awareness and actively engaging in the protection and welfare of children in distress, there is decrease in the number of reported cases against abuse.
However, he said actual figures could be higher as many victims are still not registering cases with the police, largely because they do not know the law or are afraid of traffickers. He informed that hundreds of children are indirectly trafficked to Kohima as well as other district in Nagaland from rural areas on pretext of job, education and some family relation with the traffickers employer.
The senior SP informed that till date no anti human trafficking cases have been registered in Kohima district, however some cases registered under POCSO Act in Kohima district is as follows: 2015 – 8 cases, 2016 – 10 cases, 2017 – 7, 2018 – 4 and 2019 – 7 cases.
He informed that under Kohima district a child friendly police station at women PS has been set up with children caricatures painted on the wall for friendly environment where OC and NGOs of women PS are the care taker of the children. He said DEF Kohima has constituted anti-human trafficking unit with Additional SP as nodal officer along with officers from the unit as members. The superintendent of police also shared the various challenges faced by the law enforcement.
Programme was attended by around 60 persons from concern department, NGOs , police , administration, public and others.
(Page News Service)