Regional conference on JJ Act, POCSO Act underway

STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 10th Nov: A two-day regional conference on Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act has begun from Friday at Hotel Imphal’s Sangai hall here. National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and state social welfare department are jointly organising the conference.

NHRC members justice Darman Murugesan and Jyotika Kalra, chief secretary Rajani Ranjan Rashmi and DGP Manipur Pramod Asthana attended the inauguration function of the conference as presidium members.

Delegates from Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura are participating in the conference. Police officers and representatives of NGOs of the state, who are working for protection of child rights are also taking part in the two-day long event.

Speaking on the occasion, NHRC member justice Darmar Murugesan deliberated on the role of the National Human Rights Commission in protecting the rights of every citizen of the country.

He said that the regional conference is part of a series of nationwide conference of NHRC organised with the objective of ensuring proper implementation of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act 2015 and POCSO Act 2012. The conference will sensitise the machinery of the NE states about the provisions of the two Acts in order to facilitate proper implementation, he added.

While observing the differences in individual economy in the state as the main hurdle in proper implementation of the two legislations, chief secretary RR Rashmi stressed the need to devise a mechanism in order to achieve the desired outcome.

However, the state government has different schemes for the welfare of children and there are 35 government funded and 50 registered children homes in the state. As compared to the rest of the country, care and protection of children in the north eastern state is significantly high, the bureaucrat added.

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