Children cultural meet held
Pothashang News Service: Imphal, September, 29, 2018 : On the theme ‘Break the Silence, End Child Sexual Abuse, Let us Make a Child Friendly Manipur’ the 9th state level Children’s Cultural Meet, was organised by Manipur Alliance of Child Rights (MACR) was held at Tribal Research Institute, Chingmeirong, Imphal on Saturday.
The children’s cultural meet was attended by Manipur governor Dr. Najma Heptulla, law, health and art and culture minister L. Jayentakumar Singh and MACR advisor S. Sarat Kumar Sharma.
The governor said the theme of this year’s cultural meet is relevant in the current social scenario. Congratulating the Manipur Alliance for Child Rights for putting up the important issue into context, the governor said that the campaign launched by MACR from the month of August this year has covered 32 educational institutions and more than ten thousand students have taken the pledge to stop sexual violence against children.
She said that sudden escalation in the number of cases of child sexual abuse in the country is most disturbing. In western countries where family bonds are presumably less tenacious there have been extensive reports of such crimes however, it was assumed to be quite alien to the Indian society and more so to the well knit culturally rich society of Manipur. Unfortunately, such rabid social aberrations have started occurring in Manipur also, which was completely unheard of in the past, she added.
The menace of drugs and substances among the school going children is on the rise. A comprehensive approach for containing this enemy of the youths is imperative. ‘Digital addiction’ leading to cyber crime is another dimension of the challenges faced by the young generation. She expressed hope that with sincere and focused efforts MACR will be able to contribute substantially in the fight against these evils.
Lauding the MACR for submitting a draft ‘State Child Policy’ to the Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights, the governor expressed confidence that the government will consider implementation of such policy earnestly in the interest of the younger generation.
The governor also stated that the participation of large number of children from both valley and hills to a single forum will help in achieving communal harmony, emotional integrity amongst the indigenous people of Manipur.
Minister Jayentakumar stated the need for mass awareness on the various laws related to children which protects the legal rights of the children. He said it is the responsibility of each and every parents and guardians to nurture their children in the right direction. In the nine districts of Manipur, there are nine Juvenile Justice courts, added the minister.
The governor felicitated Child Rights awardees, Kabib K, superintendent of police, Churachandpur and M. Pradip Singh, superintendent of police, Senapati for their outstanding contribution in protection of child rights and N. Sanajaoba Meitei, a senior reporter for his commendable media report and stories on child rights.
Children from different district showcased folk dance, body building show, cultural dance, fashion parade among others.
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