Legislation needed to guarantee child protection

SPARC rallies against sexual abuse involving children in the district.

Ppi November 28, 2010

SIALKOT: The society for the protection of the rights of the child (SPARC) said that concrete steps and legislation was needed to curb increasing violence against children in our society during a press conference in Sialkot.

SPARC is going to launch a campaign against sexual abuse against children through its Child Rights Committee (CRC). This campaign will be carried out in 10 union councils of the district. Several meetings are being held with police, teachers, parents and other civil society organizations working on similar issues of child protection in the district. Other activities include training programs, theatre performances, messages through radio and TV cable channels, banners, posters and other relevant informative material.

The speakers at the event said that a large number of children were not enrolled in schools and this had resulted in increased child labour and street children who were regularly abused. “Child domestic labour is quite common and large number of children are subjected to violence while working as domestic labourers”, said SPARC regional manager Sajjad Cheema, adding that juveniles in jails needed peoples’ attention to improve the conditions of our jails. “The juvenile justice system 2000 needs to be implemented. It has been ten years since the system was introduced but it has never been properly implemented,” he said.

SPARC strongly urged the government to introduce new legislation in the provinces other than Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where a new legislation had already been in force for child protection in the province.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 28th, 2010.


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