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    Child rights violation at Kamakhya temple? NCPCR seeks action by Kamrup Metro

    The move came after ASCPCR had received a complaint regarding a violation of child rights at religious places

    GUWAHATI: The Kamrup (metro) district administration asked to submit its findings within 15 days before the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) who has directed the authority to make religious places like the famous ‘Shakti peeth’ of Kamakhya temple located atop Nilachal hills here.  

    The move came after the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) had received a complaint regarding a violation of child rights at religious places.

    According to ASCPCR when a team of the right body visited the Kamakhya temple, it found several young girls begging for money to perform Kumari Puja. Sources said that the ASCPCR had written to the metro district administration after finding out about the violations of child rights inside the Kamakhya temple premise.

    The development came amidst NCPCR was on an awareness drive against child abuse, begging and child labour at religious places in 50 religious places in the country including Kamakhya temple.

    Kamrup (Metro) district’s deputy commissioner (DC) Biswajit Pegu told the media, “We are now conducting discussions with the various stakeholders including the temple management committee. The finding report will be submitted within 15 days.”

    It has been suggested to assign a child welfare police officer under Kamakhya outpost, enrolling the street children in schools, and taking action against those parents who force their children into begging.

    The district administration has decided to formulate an action plan.

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