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No Rise In Number Of Complaints Of Crimes Against Children During Lockdown: NCPCR Chief

New Delhi: There was no enhance within the variety of complaints of crimes in opposition to youngsters in the course of the coronavirus-induced lockdown within the nation, Nationwide Fee for Safety of Baby Rights chairperson Priyank Kanoongo mentioned.

Actually, the NCPCR, the nation’s apex youngster rights’ physique, reported to authorities some stories claiming in any other case, he mentioned.

Talking to PTI, Kanoongo additionally mentioned the NCPCR took numerous steps to deal with the challenges confronted by youngsters because of the coronavirus pandemic and the next lockdown.

Requested if the variety of complaints associated to crimes in opposition to youngsters noticed an increase in the course of the lockdown, which started on March 25, he mentioned “no”.

“In fact, we reported to authorities a few reports that claimed that there has been a rise during this period,” he added.

On considerations that there perhaps an increase within the dropout charge for schoolchildren because of the pandemic, Kanoongo mentioned having such apprehension even earlier than the colleges reopen is “not correct”.

“It will be unfair to challenge the wisdom of children. Children fulfil their national duty by going to school and studying. Children, even in difficult circumstances, are attending schools, so we should not have a negative approach towards them,” he mentioned.

Kanoongo mentioned the NCPCR requested states to make sure shelters for youngsters when labour migration started within the nation in March, and likewise took up complaints relating to on-line training with them.

“The children were supplied with ration and milk and we ensured that rights of the children are not affected in any way,” he mentioned.

“Secondly, we received several complaints related to online education. We also took up this matter with all state governments. How issues related to fees must be addressed, we also took that up with the state governments,” he mentioned.

On the problem of kid trafficking in the course of the lockdown, Kanoongo mentioned the fee is transferring from a child-centric strategy to a family-centric strategy.

“Till now, the NCPCR had a child-centric approach to deal with cases of trafficking. But now, from a child-centric approach, we are moving towards a family-centric approach. We spoke to all state commissions on this matter,” he mentioned.

“One point is very clear, the main reason for trafficking is poverty so it is essential to undertake preventive measures at the source from where a child is trafficked. Vulnerable children and their families can be mapped and they can then be linked to different social schemes for which we have prepared a strategy and shared it with states,” he mentioned.

The NCPCR chief mentioned the kid rights’ physique revamped procedures to deal with the problems confronted by road youngsters because of the pandemic.

“The worst sufferer of poverty is a toddler so we’d like a plan to rehabilitate these youngsters. We have to do not forget that a household is a unit and the primary safety mechanism a toddler will get is from his household. So we should be certain that in one of the best curiosity of the kid the entire household is rehabilitated.

“We should strengthen the household to make sure the protection and safety of kids. We want a family-centric strategy,” he mentioned.

(PTI)

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