Global webinar on PSATAC conducted | POCSO Act amended to make law stringent: MoS

ITANAGAR, Nov 21: Union MoS for Women & Child Development Debasree Chaudhuri on Saturday highlighted measures taken to prevent sexual abuse and trafficking of children with enactment of stringent laws, like amending POCSO Act and setting up of child helpline numbers.

She was addressing as chief guest of an international webinar on legal awareness on ‘Prevention of sexual abuse & trafficking against children (PSATAC)’, organised by Bhagidari Jan Sahyog Samiti (BJSS) with many principal partners including Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA) on Saturday.

Dhaka University law department Prof. Shahnaz Hadu spoke on sexual abuse and tracking of children problem in Bangladesh. She highlighted data of child abuse cases and measures taken by Bangladesh government for their prevention.

National Commission for Protection Child Rights (NCPCR) member Pragna Parande spoke on measures taken by the NCPCR to tackle sexual abuse and trafficking of children in India with the help of other departments.

Addl. Distt. & Sessions Judge-cum-Delhi SLSA member-secretary Kanwal Jeet Arora highlighted role of SLSA to create awareness about laws for the children and how it offers legal assistance to the victims.

Arunachal University of Studies (AUS) vice chancellor O. P. Sharma earlier spoke on sexual abuse and trafficking of children and effect of sexual abuse on children.

R. Mangalam University VC Prof. Aditya Malik also addressed participating judicial officers, legal aid counsels, para legal volunteers, NGO members, faculties and students of various places of Indian colleges & universities, which was streamed live on Facebook and Youtube.

Other principal partners were Delhi and Haryana SLSA in association with Punjab SLSA with co-organisers Opu Aama Society Arunachal Pradesh, AUS, DAV University Punjab and K. R. Magalam University, NSS Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University, NSS J. C. Bose University of Science & Technology, YMCA Haryana, Swami Vivekananda Subharty University faculty (arts & social science).

Addressing the inaugural session as chief guest, Supreme Court of India judge justice Indira Banerjee, shared her experiences on child abuse and trafficking cases. She also highlighted various activities taken up when she was West Bengal & Delhi SLSAs executive chairperson.

Punjab & Haryana High Court judge-cum-Haryana SLSA executive chairperson justice Daya Chaudhary, as guest of honour, spoke on the various legal services activities taken up by Haryana SSLSA.

Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University Delhi former VC-cum-BJSS chief patron Prof. K.K. Aggarwal, APSLSA member-secretary Jaweplu Chai, Swami Vivekananda Subharty University Arts & Social Science HoD Prof. Jyoti Gaur and DAV managing committee director (higher education) Shiv Raman Gaur addressed participants. including judicial officers, legal aid counsels, para legal volunteers of the state.

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