By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Mar 4: The Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) has observed the third Child Protection Day today in the state. It, however, has come to light that a total of 1,607 cases in Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) are still pending till December, 2015 in the state, according to the functioning status report of JJB and the Child Welfare Committees (CWC).
Around 470 cases under the CWC are also pending till December, 2015. According to the procedure, the pending cases are meant to be settled every month and the children be sent to their places. However, the cases have not been settled due to negligence and so the children have to suffer the consequences. The ASCPCR, which was formed for taking initiatives to protect the children from the evils like child trafficking, child labour and school dropping in the state, has initiated many steps to reduce the number of children related problems in the state, but the pending cases in JJB and CWC indicates the lack of safety of the children in the state.
Director General of Police, Assam, Mukesh Sahai, who was the chief guest in the programme in the city today, said urged for adequate sensitization of the police system to eble proper handling of issues of children in the state. He said, “We need to learn to handle issues of children who are in conflict with law and need protection”. The programme was also attended by UNICEF Northeast filed officer Tushar Rane, ASCPCR chairperson Runumi Gogoi and others. The children from various children homes of the city participated in the programme and performed various programmes like dance, song and others.