Treat us as crucial part of society, kids to ‘new govt’

Bhopal: On the occasion of World Human Rights Day, a group of children urged upcoming government for sincere and strict implementation of schemes and laws to ensure their rights. At a programme held at the Bhopal police control room, the group of children shared their problem of getting ignored in schools, society and in families. They also urged the upcoming government to treat children as an important part of society and to listen to their problems carefully and patiently.

The event where selected children interacted with senior police officials to discuss their issues and rights was organised by UNICEF, MP office in association with non government organisations such as AAWAJ, Muskan, Aarambh, UDAY, Bachpan, Aid at Action and Debate. ADG (admin) Anuradha Shankar Singh and SP South Bhopal, Rahul Kumar Lodha were present. One of the child speaker Nargis said, incidents of sexual abuse of children not only in society but also exploited within families is increasing. She requested upcoming government to take an initiative on issues like child marriage, child labour and sexual exploitation of children.

Addressing the kids , SP Rahul Kumar Lodha said, children and their views were always welcome. “They are the future of the nation and its responsibility of everyone to listen them carefully. Any child wanting help should just dial 100 and police will reach instantly, assured the officer.

On child marriages…

As part of ‘Safe Bhopal Smart Bhopal’ initiative, a multimedia van of awareness was launched on the occasion. The van will create awareness in 85 wards of Bhopal with messages in video and films to stop child marriages.

“With every right granted comes responsibility. The best right children have is right to education and so it’s also responsibility of children to use their right with responsibility. If children study with dedication and grow as an educated person of society then the traditional customs such as child marriage and crime of child labour will get resolved automatically,” Anuradha Shankar Singh, ADG (Administration).

(Story by Shubhangini Dubey)