GUWAHATI, Nov 11 - The Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) recently organised the third zonal-level consultation on the ‘Status of Child Protection Mechanism’ with special focus on the performance of the DCPU and police in Assam in collaboration with UNICEF at Hailakandi.
Rupa Hazarika, member of the Commission while speaking on the occasion mentioned that there is a requirement of strong coordination and collaboration among the various stakeholders. In order to cater to the needs of children in need in regard to care and protection, there are various services that are in operation by the Government as well as civil society organisations.
Various departments and authorities such as the judiciary, police administration, civil administration etc. have been made responsible to protect and promote the rights of children and to render protective and rehabilitative services in regard to care and protection. But recent studies on the status of implementation of the schemes meant for child protection and rehabilitation reveal that these have not been sufficient, or have not been able to provide quality service to the children.
Thus, there was a requirement to collate the prime stakeholders, i.e., police and the district child protection unit on a single platform to discuss the issues and come to a collaborative understanding on increased convergence, she mentioned.
Mohneesh Mishra, Superintendent of Police, Hailakandi, while addressing the gathering, explained the role and responsibility of the Police Department in dealing with cases of offence against children such as marriage, sexual abuse, labour, beggary, cruelty, trafficking etc.
He mentioned that there is shortage of women police to cater to the needs at the practical level, but we have to understand that this should not hamper our commitment to protect our children from all forms of abuse.
Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner Adil Khan while addressing the gathering mentioned that there is a strong need of convergence on a common understanding of our jurisdiction and linkage with other stakeholders for a composite service delivery to the children to protect them from abuse and provide them with protective and rehabilitative services.
Sukanya Das, DSP-CID, Assam, Rajiv Kumar Jha, Technical Consultant of the Commission, Aditi Nath, Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work, Assam University, Silchar, were among the eminent speakers who enlightened the gathering on various aspects of child rights and protection.
The consultation ended with an elaborate group exercise between all the stakeholders and fostered the emergence of suggestions and on the way forward which would again foster a strong and increased coordination to provide quality service to the children in need of care and protection and to provide a conducive environment for them, i.e., free from all forms of abuse and violence.
Among the participants were the Deputy Superintendent of Police, 2nd OC of police stations, District Child Protection Officer, Protection Officer (I/C), Protection Officer (NIC), Chairperson and members of Child Welfare Committee, members of Juvenile Justice Board and Childline from Cachar, Karimganj, Hailakandi and Dima Hasao districts.