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Fifty per cent children are abused in India: Sashi Panja

Statesman News Service | Kolkata |

A seminar on Child Rights and Abuse was hosted by American Consulate in association with Mukti Rehabilitation Centre at the American Centre on Tuesday.

The occasion was graced by Dr Shashi Panja, minister for Women and Child Development and Social Welfare, Ms Ananya Chakraborty, chairperson, state commission for Protection of Child Rights and actor-director Ms Nandana Dev Sen. Dr Panja said in the programme, “The issue is very crucial in today’s scenario. Although a lot of progress has been made in the field of child protection and child rights, the country has yet to go a long way in achieving a satisfactory status as India has a staggering figure of about 50 per children being abused.”

Talking about the initiatives taken by the state government, Dr Panja informed that in the current year, a budget of Rs 1,455 crore has been allotted for child development. Out of 43 departments, about 50 per cent allocation has been given to six departments, of which child development is a part.

The achievements of the State Action Plan for children and women welfare are also under review. “To combat child abuse at the very grass root level, Child Protection Centres (CPC) are being formed at village and block level, said the minister.

“These CPCs have been opened all 342 blocks in the state which are providing training to selected people. Out of 48,000 villages, training is being given in about 27,000CPCs villages,” she added. Elucidating the topic, Mr Jimmy Dragon, chief public relationship officer of the American Consulate, said that the problem of child abuse is now a global issue across all levels.

Elaborating the statistics he said, “Every 10 seconds, a child is abused in the United States and in most of these cases the perpetrator is a family member. A large population of these abused children suffer mental ailments in later stages of their life due to the trauma faced.”