‘Every child has the right to be protected’

YUPIA, Mar 18: “Every child has the right to be protected and it is the responsibility of every single person in the society to make every corner of the world a safer place to live for every child, without fear and discrimination”, said Yupia SDO, Tabang Bodoung.
The SDO was addressing a daylong awareness cum training camp on the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act, 2012, held at the ZPC’s conference hall here on Saturday.
SDO Bodoung stressed on effective implementation of the juvenile justice laws and the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) to protect and prevent children from indulging in anti-social activities which may be detrimental to their life in the future.
Yupia JFMC and Principal Magistrate of the Juvenile Justice Board, Habung Tangu also spoke about proper implementation of the ICPS.
“If the ICPS is properly implemented, then we won’t see any child on the streets of the state or country, which is why we must deliver our duties and responsibilities with better commitment to make it successful”, he said.
Sharing his experiences in the Juvenile Justice Board, he pointed out the shortcomings which need to be urgently attended to, like separate special juvenile police unit to deal with juvenile cases; presence of parents during interviewing process; proper facility of infrastructures; proper juvenile observation home in the district; presence of a juvenile protection officer and creation of stakeholders to uphold the law.
Taking part in the discussion, Child Welfare Committee (CWC) chairperson Kani Nada Maling also shared her experiences and said that during such training camps, police personnel are equally in need of sensitization on their roles and responsibilities as they play a crucial role in fair trial of juvenile cases.
Earlier, ICDS Deputy Director cum DCPO, Dani Yami briefed the house on the aims and objectives of the awareness camp and requested the participants to take full benefit of the training programme.
Resource persons on the occasion, Arunachal Law Academy, Assistant Professor Nani Mamung and Legal cum Probation Officer, DCPU, Tarh Nagu gave presentations on the POCSO Act, 2012.
They also spoke on various schemes covered and implemented under the ICPS.
Members and staffers of the CWC, Oju Mission, Childline Itanagar and legal advisers were also present in the awareness programme, organized by the district ICDS Cell of Yupia. (DIPRO)