Panel discussion on child rights – role of police, media, and citizens
MANIPAL: A panel discussion on child rights and laws was conducted on January 24 at the Udupi District Administration Office by the Karnataka State Government in association with the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR), Udupi Zilla Panchayat, Legal Service Authority, Udupi, Department of Women and Child Development, Udupi Public Education Department, and District Child Protection Unit, Udupi. The session aimed at increasing awareness among the police officials and media persons.
The discussion was chaired by Dr. Vanitha Torvi, member of KSCPCR who focused on the importance of thorough investigation in cases concerning children and maintaining the dignity of those involved in the same. “Rights for children have been there, but the question is whether they are being enforced in the right place, at the right time, in the right way or not,” she said.
Superintendent of Police (SP), Udupi district, Laxman Nimbargi was the Chief Guest and a part of the seven-member panel that discussed the role of police, media, and citizens in safeguarding the rights of children. “One stop centres which include medical and psychiatric examinations, counselling, and recording the statements of the victim, are required to be adopted by police stations when working on children and women’s rights violation cases,” Nimbargi mentioned. He added,” The media should also ensure that it is responsible and respectful towards the privacy of those affected in extreme cases, because as the Supreme Court of India states, even the dead have their own dignity.”
The panel also talked about the developments in the children’s rights and laws including the amendments in the Constitution of India and the working of the Child Welfare Committee. Dr. Shubha H S, Head of Media Studies at School of Communication, Manipal spoke on the role of media in creating awareness about child rights and being sensitive with children related issues, and the extent of mass media impact on public.
Other panel members include Suchendra Prasad, renowned Kannada actor-producer, Sister Lily Pushpa, counsellor at Shanthi Sandesha Trust, Mangalore, Jyothi Pramod Nayak, District and Session Court, Udupi, and Mohan, member of the Child Welfare Committee.
The event concluded with the screening of Suchendra Prasad’s film ‘Sandigdha’ which showcases the challenges faced by children and also opens up in-depth about child rights.
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Edited by: Mehul Malpani