Press Adolescents and Police (PAP): Dialogue for Co-ordination and Collaboration

Sensing the urgent need to create a ‘Child Friendly State’ and to facilitate a platform for better understanding of Child Rights and equal participation of concerned personnel at all levels in the State, a day long interactive Session on Child Rights, involving Police, Adolescents and the Press, was organized by ASCPCR on July 26th, 2017, at Shilpagram, Guwahati.

The aim of the event was to bring together stakeholders, concerned authorities in Child Rights protection, the media and the Police to share their views on various issues concerning children and affecting adolescent minds, and chalk down measures to understand issues more sensitively, take them to the masses appropriately and also listen directly from the adolescents, their concerns and fears.

Apart from children and teenagers, participants included, Shri V.K. Pipersenia Chief Secretary to government of Assam, who lauded the efforts of ASCPCR in trying to safeguard Child rights. He impressed upon the fact that the Police and Press should work together to ensure Child Right protection. Also present were, Guest of Honour, Shri Ved Prakash Gautam, Officer-in-Charge, UNICEF Assam, DGP MukeshSahay, DIG (CID)Surendar Kumar, Journalist Samudra Gupta Kashyap, Pranay Bordoloi, Maini Mahanta, and others.

Mukesh Sahay stressed on the fact that every citizen needs to behave responsibly and be sensitive towards adolescents and their problems, as the transition from childhood to adolescence is the most crucial phase in a human life. Senior journalist Samudra Gupta Kashyap explored the growing intolerance among youth in society today and how media should protect rights of children and address adolescence issues. In her welcome address, Dr. Sunita Changkakati, Chairperson, presented her findings and made a fervent appeal to resolve child related problems at home, schools, social life and ensure social security to the children and adolescents in all facets of their lives.

She also highlighted the mandates of the Commission to monitor the implementation of:

a) The Juvenile Justice, Act 2015
b) The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences, Act 2012
c) The Rights of Children to Free and Compulsory Education, Act 2009