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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

NCPCR Team to Visit Malda Today

ALDA, 22 NOV: A four member team of the National Commission for Protection of Child Right (NCPCR) is coming to Malda today to enquire about the child protection. The team would visit the child trafficking prone areas apart from the district hospital which recorded at least 30 crib death in a fortnight. 

This may be mentioned that 22 girls were trafficked in last six months from this block alone. Scared girls have approached to the Minister to protect their future. Such a unique charter of demand was placed yesterday before Minister in Charge of Child and Women Development and Social Welfare Mrs Sabitri Mitra. Led by Bulbul Chandi and Barind Development Society (BBDS) 50 odd children, mostly girls met the minister yesterday. 

Habibpur, the tribal dominated block of Malda saw most of the dropouts, child labourer as well as child marriage.147 child labourers and 161 drop out children were recored in this block alone. “We want to study in schools not work in the field to help our parents”, cried the children. The girls like Santana Oraon, Putul Kisku and others want not to be married off in their teens like hundreds of their fellows.

Visibly overwhelmed with emotion, the minister said, “It is a shame to us that the childhood is threatened. It is our duty to ensure the safe and secure childhood. With the limitation of the government more NGOs like BBDS should come forward with this aim.” Mr Probal Lala of BBDS said, “District Child Protection Scheme is almost defunct in the district. Thus the funds are not coming for the schemes for the children.”

Mrs Mitra conceded the problem and said, “We'll try to implement the schemes. Besides, a Cottage Home would be set up for the drop out children." Children also demanded the work of their parents under NREGA so that they would continue with their studies.  

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