Namchi, 20th November (IPR):Sensitization workshop on child protection issues & Child Parliament on the occasion of International Children’s Day was held at SIRD, Karfectar.
The program was organised by the District Child Protection Unit, South Women & Child Development Department and was attended by Zilla Adhyaksha (South) Ms. Tshering Dem Bhutia ,Chairperson (SCPCR) Ms. Roma Tamang, General Secretary (Drishti) Mr. Passang Tshering Bhutia, DCPU Ms. Tek Maya Sharma , Psychologist
Neelam Subba, Legal Cum Probation Officer Mr. Bimal Gurung , DCPU Ms. Diki Lhamu, Social Worker, DCPU, CWC member Ms. Radhika Rai, Panchayat (Rabong) Ms. Sarita Thatal representative from The voice Sanjay Rai, LOPO Mr. Bimal Gurung and from Kapinzal Children’s Home and Children of Mayallang Children’s Home.
The objective of the workshop was to give an advocacy platform for the children to promote their rights to participate & get involved in the decisions concerning their issues. The program also focused on educate the public on issues including the digital divide that is affecting quality education for all, youth mental health & discrimination in our societies.
Addressing the gathering Chief Guest, Zilla Adhyaksha Ms. Tshering Dem Bhutia informed that the target of this programm is to form village level children’s parliaments in all the GPU’s so that the children of the most rural areas will get a forum to address their issues and voice their opinions. They can also actively participate in the Gram Sabhas and all other community decisions and policy making .
Simultaneously , Bimal Gurung , legal cum Probation Officer informed in brief about the legislations related to Children such as POSCO Act The protection of children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.
This law recognises sexual harrasment sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, penetrative sexual assault,aggravated sexual assault and usage of children for pornographic purposes as crimes.All the crimes according to the gravity of the offence have different punishments.