Make sexual offences act part of school curriculum: Minister

3The law providing protection to children from sexual offences should be made part of the school curriculum and children must be educated about its provisions, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath said Tuesday.

The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, describes sexual offence in a gender neutral manner and provides for friendly and sensitive treatment of children who face sexual abuse, Tirath said at the first regional conference on POCSO Act held here.

She said all measures like in-camera proceedings, interpreter and proper medical facilities must be provided to children who have faced sexual abuse.
“Providing safe environment to the children is the responsibility of all citizens of the country,” she added.
Nita Chowdhury, secretary, ministry of women and child development, said the POCSO Act focuses on protecting children and provides for strict measures in this regard.
(Source: IANS )

Panel set up to study status of Indian women

The government has set up a high-level committee to undertake comprehensive study on the status of women in India as well as to evolve appropriate policy interventions based on a contemporary assessment of women’s needs, parliament was informed Thursday.

Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath told the Rajya Sabha that the 15-member committee will prepare a report on the current socio-economic, political and legal status of women in India.

“The report will also bring out the interconnectedness of these aspects in terms of their impact on women, and recommend measures for holistic empowerment of women,” she said.

The committee will also study women’s access to and participation in formal and informal paid employment; emerging areas of participation, geographical pattern of their economic activity and unpaid work.


Need stringent laws to curb child sexual abuse: Krishna Tirath

Sexual abuse of children has become a routine affair in India and there is a need to make stringent laws to deal with it, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath said here Monday.

“Sexual abuse has become a routine affair and there is a need for stringent laws to tackle this menace,” Tirath said on the fifth foundation day of the child rights panel, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).

The minister urged NGOs and states to come together to protect the rights of the children in the country.

“The commission receives several complaints regarding the violation of child rights from several NGOs. And the commission can play a very important role in addressing the problem,” said Tirath while releasing a handbook, “Guidelines for Eliminating Corporal Punishment in School”.

Tirath said the guidelines would sensitise people on the issue.

“It is a comprehensive document which I am sure will highlight the problem of corporal punishment in schools. The commission has done a commendable job in coming out with guidelines,” said Tirath.



Children tortured in observation homes

Some children in need of care and protection who have been put in observation homes in Delhi, among other places, have been found to be “tortured”, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has said.

In a reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha Thursday, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath said: “A few cases of torture have been reported by the children to the NCPCR teams during their visit in 2010 and 2011 to the observation homes in Delhi, Chennai, Mathura, Agra, Hoshiyarpur, Faridkot and Ludhiana.”

“Pursuant to the visits of the NCPCR teams, the gaps in the functioning of such homes, including complaints of torture of children, have been reported to the state governments concerned for remedial action,” she added.

The children, the minister further said, were not treated in the manner that they should as per the childcare standards stipulated under the Juvenile Justice Act.