Chief Secretary stresses on awareness of POCSO Act in Nagaland

Kohima: Govt taking keen interest to strengthen Commission for child rights: NSCPCR

BY | Friday, 5 July, 2024

Symposium for ‘Model Guidelines with Respect to Support Persons U/S 39 of POSCO Act, 2012’ was held at Japfü Hotel, Kohima today, informed DIPR.

Speaking at the event, Dr. J. Alam, Chief Secretary, Nagaland, said that the guidelines ‘To support Persons U/S 39 Of POCSO Act, 2012’ should be adopted by the State and be implemented at the earliest. He stressed that awareness of this Act are not so well known, but this kind of symposium helps us to learn, clearing our doubts and queries.

Dr. Alam complimented the Commission and the department for organizing the symposium and stated that the government will be fully supportive for this Act. He also urged its extension to other districts. He then requested the stakeholders to sensitize everyone on child rights so that every child is protected and further advised that students in schools should also share the same knowledge.

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Alun Hangsing, Chairman, Nagaland State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NSCPCR), in his key note address mentioned that the commission was instituted in the year 2013 and since its inception, the commission is trying its best to create awareness from the grass root level. He emphasized on the importance of child rights and said that there are four pillars involved i.e,

– right to survival,

– right to protection,

– right to development and right to participation.

Hangsing stated, ‘We are all stake holders and not only the department or the commission, every parent, brother and sister is a stakeholder.’  He then added that the government is taking keen interest to strengthen the commission for child rights.

Stating that children are the backbone of the nation, it is the dream of every government to build a vibrant society and to achieve this, he highlighted the necessity to practice child rights vigorously so that children are given a conducive atmosphere. He also stressed on the importance of a ‘support person’ which plays a vital role for child rights. He urged the department that these guidelines should be implemented at the earliest to strengthen the Act.

Later, in the technical session, Y. Longkumer (NJS) Secretary, Judicial Justice & Law, spoke on the topic of ‘Victim Compensation and Roles of a support person;’ Anuj Saluja, Consultant – Legal Division, NCPCR, highlighted on the ‘Guidelines for support persons u/s 39 POCSO’.

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