Guwahati: To end violence against children in Assam, the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) in collaboration with UNICEF Assam has launched a state-wide campaign ‘Suraksha’ on Monday.
The campaign was launched after the state saw an increase of 37.41% in the number of crimes against children from 2017 to 2018, as per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
Cities such as Guwahati, and districts such as Chirang, Darrang, Dhubri, Karimganj, Nagaon, Sonitpur and Tinsukia have become hotspot for child-trafficking in Assam.
With the launch of the EVAC campaign, Suraksha, ASCPCR along with UNICEF aims to increase public awareness on the different forms of violence, provide information on legislation and policies that protect children, and motivate public to access and duty bearers to strengthen redressal system.
Speaking in the launch, Chairperson Sunita Changkakati said, “It is pertinent to deliberate to deliberate on issues which affect children in Assam, and help everyone connect and bring forward issues that would need urgent notice of ASCPCR.”
“We have the mandate to monitor violations of children’s rights, and at the same time, bring all stakeholders together for a joint and collaborative effort to create a safe and protective environment for children in Assam”, she added.
According to CHILDLINE 1098, during the pandemic the number of calls of children in distress has increased by 50% in India. The pandemic has also increased children’s exposure to cyberbullying, risky online behaviour and sexual exploitation.
According to ASCPCR, a similar trend of increase in violence against children has been observed since the countrywide lockdown.
Out of the total 216 cases registered in Assam since the lockdown, 113 cases (52%) were related to sexual abuse of children which is a alarming.
The virtual launch that took place of ASCPCR’s Facebook page was opened by Chairperson Sunita Changkakati and the launch saw the participation from the Inspector General of Police, CID, Assam, Surendra Kumar; UNICEF Assam’s chief of field office Madhulika Jonathan; Commissioner and Secretary, Department of Social Welfare, Government of Assam, Mukesh C sahu and chief executive officer CHILDLINE India Foundation, Anjaiah Pandiri.