INTERFACE WITH THE DISTRICT AUTHORITIES:
- Meeting with Nagaon District Administration:-09/09/13
- Meeting with District administration of Dhemaji:29/05/13
- Meeting With District administration of Udalguri: 03/10/13
- Meeting With District administration of Barpeta 23/5/13
- Meeting With District administration of Baksa-08/10/13
- Meeting with District Administration of Lakhimpur : 28/05/13
- Meeting with District Administration of Karbianglong: 19/10/2013
INTERFACE WITH THE STATE GOVERNMENT:
- Meeting with Minister of Social Welfare and Jail on 24th Sept'13
- Meeting with Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Education & emplimentation of Assam Accord. 29th Sept'13
- Meeting with Chief Minister of Assam 10th Oct'13
LANDMARK INTERVENTION OF THE COMMISSION:
- Intervention of the Commission at Silchar for the purpose of enquiry of sexual assault of a 9 year old girl child by a group and attempted to murder her at Kalain under Kathigaon Constituency,cachar District on 27th April, 2013
- Intervention of the Commission at Aruna Tea Estate, under Dhekiajuli Revenue Circle of Sonitpur District on 27th May 2013 to take stock of the case of trafficking of 15 boys from that tea Estate by a known person to the boys.
- Intervention of the Commission at Lakhimpur District on 28th May 2013 to take stock of status of Child Rights in Lakhimpur District.
- Intervention of the Commission in Dhemaji District and had a meeting with District Administration on 29th May 2013
- Intervention of the Commission in the matter of selling of infant baby in Baksa District on 24th August'13
- Intervention of the Commission in Child Trafficing from ORANG ANATH ASHROM Udalguri on 3rd October, 2013
- Intervention into the suspicious death of child Domestic helper from Barpeta District in Gomti Nagar Uttar Pradesh On 15/09/13
- INTERVENTION INTO THE MATTER OF SEXUAL ASSULT OF AN 9 YEARS OLD GIRL from kheroni, under karbi angling district 15th September'13
SOME OF THE IMPORTANT SEMINARS & CONSULTATIONS ORGANIZED:
- State level Awareness Meet on Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act on 8th June 2010.
- District Level Awareness on Right of Children and Social Responsibility in Kamrup (Rural) on 3rd July 2011.
- District Level Awareness on Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009, in Dhubri.
- Consultation on Child Rights and the 12th Five Year Plan on 21st July 2011.
- Meeting with UNICEF to strengthen ongoing partnership on 29th July 2011.
- Celebration of Children’s Day in Guwahati on 14th November 2011.
- State level Round Table discussion on Child Rights on 30th November 2011.
- State Level Consultation on Proposed Amendment to Child Labour(Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986 on 5th May 2013
- State Level Consultation on End Violence against child on 29th & 30th Oct'13
SOME OF THE IMPORTANT SEMINARS AND PROGRAMMES ATTENDED BY THE COMMISSION
- Meeting with NCPCR’s Member, Technical Expert, and Social Welfare Department on 23rd July of 2013
MONITORING ACTIVITIES OF THE COMMISSION
The Commission has started its monitoring activity on RTE in 27 Districts of the State. 75% of the total number of schools has already been completed.
Visit of Jail:
The Commission visited jails in different districts, namely-
Silchar Jail, Dhemaji Jail, Lakhimpur Jail, Goalpara Jail and Udalguri Jail. The jails visited by Commission are neat and clean, well maintained.
The Commission did not find any Juvenile in the jails. The Commission is particularly concert about the well being and development of children living with their convicted mother. As per Supreme Court Guideline Children living in Jails with their mother should get proper care and education and other facilities.
The Commission also strongly feels that there should be a committee in every jail to look after the issues of children of jail inmates who are living outside and above 6 years. They are children without parental care and are worst sufferer of their parents’ conviction.
Visit of children Home:
The Commission visited many Children Home in different Districts.
1. The Commission visited State Home, Jalukbari of Kamrup District on 17/09/2013.
2. The Commission visited State Home, Nagaon of Nagaon District on 09/09/13
3. The Commission visited Children Home in Pathsala of Barpeta District on 23/05/13.
4. The Commission visited Children Home in Tezpur under Sonitpur District on 29/05/13.
5. The Commission visited Children Home in Nagaon which was running by Gram Bikash Parishad under Nagaon District on 09/09/13.
6. The Commission visited Holy Child Children Home in Udalguri under Udalguri District on 03/10/13
7. The Commission visited Children Home in Barama which was running by Mission North East (NGO) under Baksa District on 08/10/13
Visit of R.S.T.C. School:
1. The Commission visited Residential Special Training Centre Lakhimpur on 28/05/2013
2. The Commission visited Residential Special Training Centre Majbat on 03/10/2013
From January, 2013 to October 2013, the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has Commission has taken cognizance of 96 (ninety six) Cases.
||Category of complaints
Number of complaints
||Right to Education (Corporal
lack of PTR,
||Child in need of care and Protection
||Child Rights Violation
MEETING WITH NCPCR’S MEMBER, TECHNICAL EXPERT, AND SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT
The Commission has participated in a discussion on the status of Child Rights and its violations in Assam with Member In-charge of North East of NCPCR, Mr. Vinod Kumar Tikoo and Senior Technical Expert, North East Cell (NCPCR), Mr. Paresh Shah of NCPCR on 23rd July of 2013 where officials from Social welfare were also present.
State Level Consultation on Proposed Amendment to Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986
Assam State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights had successfully organised State Level Consultation on Proposed Amendment to Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986 at Guwahati Circuit House Conference Hall on 5th May 2013. The campaign was supported by Bachpan Bachao Andolan, New Delhi.
The consultation was attended by concerned Governmental official, Academicians, NGOs official. Many valuable suggestions were made to the proposed amendments of CLPRA Act and Child Labour Amendments Bill 2012.
On 7th and 8th MAY 2013 Chairperson and consultant attended two days National level consultation on proposed amendments of CLPRA Act and Child Labour Amendments Bill 2012. IN THE Consultation Chairperson ASCPCR has put forwarded the following suggestions-
On 6th August 2013 Chairperson and Member Dr. Nani Gopal Goswami attended the Meeting of the Chairperson’s of various State Commission for Protection of Child Chairperson ASCPCR has put forwarded the following suggestions-
AWARENESS ACTIVITIES of ASCPCR
Awareness Meeting at Sunitpur District :
A day long awareness meeting on Child Rights was organised by the Commission in Aruna T.E. of Dhekiajuli under Sunitpur District, on 27th May 2013. In this meeting Circle Officer, Manager of Aruna Tea Estate, District Child Protection Officer, CDPOs, Labour Officer of the Tea Estate, ATSA members and the other Tea Garden workers were also present in the meeting.
Awareness Meeting at Morigaon District :
A day long awareness meeting on Child Rights was organised by the Commission in Morigaon District, on 19th August 2013. The meeting was attended by students, their parents-Guardians, teachers, concerned Governmental officials. Chairperson of the Commission (i/c) in her speech explained different rights of the child and legal mechanism prevailed in our country to protect those rights. She also emphasised on creating greater awareness on child right issue, so that not a single violation goes unnoticed.
Awareness Meeting at Dibrugarh District :
A day long awareness meeting on Child Rights was organised by the Commission in Dibrugarh District on 20th August 2013. The meeting was attended by officials from District Administration, Labour Officer, Police officer, District mission Coordinator SSA, members of women organisation, official from Social welfare Department, CWC etc. The issue of non compliance of different provisions of POCSO Act by police officials was discussed in detailed.ASP of Dibrugarh assured in the Meeting that Dibrugarh Police will soon take up the issue with every official of police station under Dibrughar district. Other official of various departments also pointed out the actual picture of child right scenario in Dibrugarh District.
Awareness Meeting at Golaghat District :
A day long awareness meeting on Child Rights was organised by the Commission in Sarupathar of Golaghat District 21th August 2013. The meeting was attended by Member of women Commission, officials from District Administration, Deputy Superintendant of Police, members of various SHG etc. Chairperson of the Commission (i/c) in her speech explained different rights of the child and legal mechanism prevailed in our country to protect those rights.
Awareness Meeting at Thamna under Baksa District :
On 24th August Zenith club, a local organisation from thomna under Baksa District in collaboration with ASCPCR have organised an Awareness Meeting on Child Rights. This Meeting was the first of its kind held in Baksa District. More than 5000 people including children, their parents, local people, people from nearby villages have participated in the Meeting.
Children from different schools from thomna area have organised an Art Exhibition. They have sketches different issues related to their Rights through their Arts. The Children have played a drama, where issues like child labour, child marriage were rasied. In the awareness meeting Chairperson ASCPCR explained to the children about their right to participation, right to development, right to be protected from all kinds of exploitation. Official from District Administration including SDO, DSP were present in the Meeting.
Awareness Meeting at Dharapur of Kamrup (metro) District:
On 30th August, 2013 an awareness meeting was organised by ASCPCR in Dharapur under Kamrup (M) District. In this programme the Chairperson Smti Runumi Gogoi and Member of ASCPCR Mr. Adil Shah explained different rights of the child and legal mechanism prevailed in our country to protect those rights. In this meeting the two members of Women Commission were also present and deliver their speech. Some local stakeholder explains their local issues on child rights violation.
Awareness Meeting at Nagaon District:
A day long awareness meeting on Child Rights was organised by the Commission in Nagaon District .on 9th September, 2013. In that meeting Smti Runumi Gogoi, Chairperson, ASCPCR, Mr. Rajeswar Sarma, Member of ASCPCR and Smti Leena Das, ACS, Member Secretary, ASCPCR were present. In their lecture they explained different rights of the child and legal mechanism prevailed in our country to protect those rights. The meeting was attended by officials from District Administration, CWC, Social Welfare Department, members of various SHG etc.
Awareness Meeting at Tatibama (Kamrup Rural) -25/09/13:
On 25th September, 2013 an awareness meeting was organised by ASCPCR im Tatibama High School filed. In this Meeting the Chairperson Smti Runumi Gogoi explained different rights of the child and legal mechanism prevailed in our country to protect those rights. Some local stakeholder explains their local issues on child rights violation.
Awareness Meeting at Samota (Nalbari)- 28/09/13:
An Awareness Meeting on Child Rights was organised by ASCPCR. This Meeting was the first of its kind held in Chamota under Nalbari District. More than 2000 people including children, their parents, local people, people from nearby villages have participated in the Meeting. Mr. Rajeswar Sarma, and Nani Gopal Goswami Members of ASCPCR and the Chairperson Smti Runumi Gogoi explained different rights of the child and legal mechanism prevailed in our country to protect those rights.
Awareness Meeting at Kalaigaon (Udalguri) -03/10/13:
On 3rd October 2013 an awareness meeting was organised by ASCPCR in Kalaigaon under Udalguri District. In this Meeting the Chairperson Smti Runumi Gogoi explained different rights of the child and legal mechanism prevailed in our country to protect those rights. Some local stakeholder explains their local issues on child rights violation. children, their parents, local people, people from nearby villages have participated in the Meeting and interacted with Chairperson of the Commission. They shared their problems and asked their quires on issues related to child.
Awareness Meeting at Bokoliaghat (Karbi Anglong) 19/10/13:
An Awareness Meeting on Child Rights was organised by ASCPCR with the help of Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad, Bakaliaghat anchalik. This Meeting was the first of its kind held in Bakalighat under Karbianglang District. More than 2000 people including children, their parents, local people, people from nearby villages have participated in the Meeting. Mr. Adil Shah, and Nani Gopal Goswami Members of ASCPCR and the Chairperson Smti Runumi Gogoi explained different rights of the child and legal mechanism prevailed in our country to protect those Rights. In this meeting, Officials from District Administration, Officials from District Police Department, Officials from Axom Srbaa Siksa Abhijan Mission, Karbianglong, Chairperson of CWC, Child Protection Officer and many of peoples from local organisation present.
Important Intervention of the Commission
During April 2013 to October 2013 Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights have taken suo motto cognizance of many cases and intervene in many important cases of violation of child rights. For this cause the Commission has travelled many parts of the State.
Visit of Chachar district:
The Commission visited Silchar for the purpose of enquiry of sexual assault of a 9 year old girl child by a group and attempted to murder her at Kalain under Kathigaon Constituency, cachar District on 22nd h April, 2013, a team of the Commission, headed by Smti Runumi Gogoi Chairperson i/c of ASCPCR visited Silchar on 27th April 2013. The team met the victim child at 10.30 am on 27th April, in Silchar Medical College and Hospital, where she was undergoing treatment and also met her parents and hospital authority. In this regard a meeting was arranged on 27th april,2013 at 3 pm, where Deputy Commissioner & Superintendant of police, Concerned officials namely district Social welfare Officer, District Child Protection officer, concerned Sub Divisional Officer, CWC Members, NGO representatives were present at the Circuit House.
After Enquiry Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights made the following recommendation
- All the cost to the treatment of the child should be borne by the government.
- The child should be given trauma healing sessions or any other appropriate psycho social therapy based on her health requirement.
- Some amount of monetary compensation to the family would help them to relocate at least temporarily. This will help the family in generally associated with post incidents day which are crucial for mainstream for the child concerned.
- All the police personal including lady police attending to victim should not be in uniform.
- There is need for awareness among core stockholders regarding skills of averting such incidents in future.
Visit of Central Jail in Cachar District on 28th April 2013
The commission made a visit to the Central Jail of Cachar District on 28th April 2013.After observation Commission made the following Recommendations :
- It was observed that though there are only 2 children living in the jail with their mothers; however there are as many as 20 more children belonging to the other inmates of the jail who are not living in jail with mother and are in need of care and protection. These children are either living with distant relatives of the inmates or are working as child labours to support their lives. The Commission feels the urgent need of convergence of the SSA, Education and Labour Departments to protect various rights of Children of inmates of jail.
- It was learned during the visit that the female inmates are hesitant to share their problems with male doctor; therefore it is necessary that a lady doctor or at least a nurse is included in the medical team attending the female inmates of the jail.
- Adequate steps should be taken immediately to ensure that inmate who is mentally ill gets appropriate treatment.
Visit of Sonitpur District:
The Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights headed by Chairperson Mrs. Runumi Gogoi visited Aruna Tea Estate, under Dhekiajuli Revenue Circle of Sonitpur District on 27th May 2013 to take stock of the case of trafficking of 15 boys from that tea Estate by a known person to the boys. Commission had taken suomoto cognizance of the case. The Team held a meeting in the tea Estate in the presence of Circle Officer, Manager of Aruna Tea Estaet, District Child Protection Officer, CDPOs, Labour Officer of the Tea Estate. Parents of trafficked children, ATSA members and the other tea Garden workers were also present in the Meeting.
Recommendations of the Commission :
- All the children trafficked from tea estate should be rescued immediately.
- A register of movement of children between the age group of 0 to 18 years from the Tea Estate should be maintained by the manager of the tea garden.
- Regular monitoring and supervision of Anganwadi Centres should be done by the CDPOs and Supervisor.
- Kishori Groups should be activated in the District especially in the Tea estates of the District and the fall outs of child marriage, mal nutrition, child labour, and sexual assault of girl child should be discussed in the groups.
- The District Authority should monitor that the fund for SNP should not remain unutilized and ensure that it reaches the target group. Also the DSWO should monitor the activities of the CDPOs and supervisors regularly.
- Panchayat Members to undergo training on child protection issues viz child marriage, child trafficking, child labour etc.
- There should be Crèche facilities in every Tea Estate.
- No Child should remain as School Dropout in Tea Estate.
- No child should be employed as Child Labour in Tea Estates that usually happens.
Visit of Lakhimpur District:
The Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) headed by its Chairperson Mrs. Runumi Gogoi visited Lakhimpur District on 28th May 2013 to take stock of status of Child Rights in Lakhimpur District.
The team visited the Children Home of Lakhimpur run by Bikalanga Kalyan Kendra on 28th May 2013. The team was accompanied by Additional Deputy Commissioner District Social Welfare Officer, former member of JJB. The team interacted with the inmates of the Home and monitor the facilities available in the Home. The Chairperson expressed her dissatisfaction over the overall quality of the home.
Recommendation of the Commission:
The home should follow the norms and standards as specified in the Assam Juvenile Justice (Protection and Care of Children) Rules 2011 especially the infrastructure, staffing structure, food for the children, providing recreational activities, provision for education to the inmates, vocational courses and overall child friendly environment.
As per the confidential report regarding the home submitted to the Commission by Probation cum District Child Protection Officer there is discrepancy in the list of beneficiaries provided by BKK also it is learnt from the same source that BKB is showing the same list of beneficiaries for all purposes.
The Commission requested the Director of Social Welfare to take necessary action and a proper enquiry should be made into the matter.
Visit to Dhemaji District:
On 29th May 2013 The Commission visited Dhemaji District and had a meeting with District Administration. All issues related to child rights were discussed in the Meeting. In the Meeting Deputy Commissioner, Superintendent of Police, District Social Welfare officer, DEEO, and other concerned officer, representatives from some local NGOs were present in the Meeting. Commission raised the issue of trafficking of child in Assam- Arunachal Border. Children were trafficked from villages which were situated in the border line to Arunachal Pradesh. The Commission came to know that in a village, namely Kanku Basti near Balichori Out Post under Dhemaji District, girl Child were exchanged by their parents with a bundle of firewood. The Commission found it very inhuman and requested the DC to implement various income generation schemes of Govt. Of Assam in those villages, so that parents could find income sources to get rid of their poverty.
Intervention in RTE Act 2009 violation in Lakhimpur District:
On 2nd may of 2013 The Commission received a complaint from Sri Hem Chandra Gohain of Village Chetia Gaon under Ghilamara Police Station of Lakhimpur District that his girl studied at class seven was physically assaulted in the class by the mathematics teacher of that School and she was insulted in front of all students . And the girl was mentally shocked and injured seriously injured and she was admitted for treatment for a long time in the different Hospital. The commission registered a Sou Moto case and made an inquiry regarding the incident and wrote to the Director of Secondary Education, Assam. The contractual teacher was terminated from his duty, after due enquiry.
Sexual assault of a girl Child under Kachumara Police Station of Barpeta District:
The commission received a complained on 10th june, 2013 from a 13 years old girl child that she was kidnapped by four person of village Kachumara under Kachumara police station of Barpeta District on 05-05-2013 and one of them married her without her consent and kept her three days, then she fled. In complain letter it was clearly mentioned the name of the accused persons and it was mentioned that the family members of the accused persons threatened her for withdrawing the case. It has come to the knowledge of the Commission that the local police officer did not cooperate the victim’s family. The Commision registered a sou-moto case and directed the superintendent of Police of Barpeta District for proper enquiry and registered the case under POCSO Act, 2012. At present the case is under judicial process and the commission wished to arrange an awareness meeting in that locality.
Intervention of the Commission in the matter of selling of infant baby in Baksa District:
The Commission after knowing the matter of selling of infant babies by the parents in kumarikata, near Bhutan Border under Baksa District, immediately contacted the District Administration and asked for fixing a hearing on a particular case of infant baby selling. And accordingly on 24th August hearing was fixed at DC office Baksa District. In the hearing the alleged parents, the middle woman related to the case was present. Chairperson and Member of the Commission took the hearing, in presence of ADC, DSP, DSWO, DCPO, CMHO from Kumarikata Civil Hospital.
Commission took written statements of all concerned and found that the baby was sold as a result of superstitious belief, advised by a local so called “oja”. The family was very poor and illiterate; they were made to believe that the baby has carried with him misfortune to the family. The parents would die if they keep the baby. Commission took it very seriously and considering the condition of the parents, recommended the District Administration to hand over the baby to its present guardians through legalised adoption procedure. The process has been done as reported by District Social Welfare Officer.
The case of infant baby trafficking in International Bhutan Border area is under investigation, as reported by Deputy Commissioner Baksa District to the Commission.
Visit to Orang Anath Ashrom:
Whereas the Commission came to know from electronic media that two boys were rescued by Railway Police in Baihata Chariali Railway Station. When interacted the boys told that they are from orang Anath . The Commission took suomotto cognizance and wrote letter to District Social Welfare Officer and Superintendent of police of Udalguri District to enquire into the matter and send an action taken report to the Commission. But the Commission did not get any such report, and decided to visit the Ashram.On 3rd October, 2013 a team of Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights headed by Smti Runumi Gogoi, Chairperson along with Mr. Paresh Shah, Senior Technical Expert, In Charge of North East, from National Commission for Protection of Child Rights visited Orang area. After inquiry with the help of local people, found one Anath Ashrom in Pagla Baba Mandir, Barjhar. During investigation it has come to the notice of that the inmates were helping in the construction works of the ashram and therefore they were absent in school. The children home has no registration under J.J. Act, 2000. The Commission feels that this is a place where children are trafficked and it is a very serious matter and the Commission directed the concerned authority for proper enquiry in to the matter and send an Acton taken Report.
Intervention into the suspicious death of child Domestic helper from Barpeta District in Gomti Nagar Uttar Pradesh:
On 15/09/13 it has came to the notice of the Commission that a 12 year old Girl Child from Baropeta village, under Barpeta District of Assam, who was working as domestic helper in the household of one engineer in Gomti Nagar, Lukhnow, was died under suspicious condition. It was suspected that the Girl was first sexually assaulted and then murdered. The Commission took suomoto cognizance of the case.
Considering it to be a grave and serious issue of violation of child rights, the Commission wrote Letter to Director General of Police, Uttar Pradesh and asked to send to this Commission an action taken Report as early as possible on the matter.
On 04/10/13 Commission received a letter from senior Superintendent of Police, lukhnow, wherein it was mentioned that Smt Anita Srivastav and Sri Rakesh km. srivastav were arrested by Gomtinagar Police and were sent to judicial custody. The Uttar Pradesh Police assured the Commission that they will take every possible step to reveal the truth and give justice to the deceased girl.
Intervention into the Matter of Sexual Assult of an 9 Years old Girl from kheroni, under karbi angling district:
On 15th September, the Commission came to know from Electronic media about the rape of a 11 years old girl studying in class six by one boy aged about 28 year on 06/09/13 in Kheroni under Karbianglong District. As the family is a very poor, they could not arrange proper treatment for the Child, who was in trouma.
The Commission immediately contacted Superintendent of Police (Hamren) and took the detailed report on the same day. Commission finds it very strange that the Police has not produced the victim girl before CWC Karbianglong. The Commission decided to visit the victim girl and a team of the Commission, headed by Chairperson went to Kheroni and visited the victim girl. Commission took the statements of the victim girl in presence of and her mother and also meet the investigating officer of the case from Kheroni Police Station. DSP of Hamren police sub division was also present on that day. Commission asked him to send an action taken report on the matter to the Commission within 7 days. After going through the health condition of the girl, the Commission felt that she needs immediate proper treatment and communicated with CWC karbi Anglong. As Diphu Civil Hospital was very far from Kheroni and as suggested by CWC Karbi Anglong, the Commission communicated with CWC nagaon District and took the girl to Nagaon Civil Hospital on the same Day. With the help of Nagaon CWC, the Commission admitted the Victim girl in the Civil Hospital and made it sure that she received free of cost treatment, after communicating with the Superintendent of the Civil Hospital and Joint Director of health Services of Nagaon District. The Girl was released after 4 days. Sexual offence against children is a grave crime and now the Commission is following up the matter. The Superintendent of Police (Hamren) has sent action taken report on the matter and now the case is under judicial process.
Meeting with District Administration:
During the period of April 2013 to October 2013 Assam State Commission for protection of Child Rights has held Meeting with District Administration of different Districts, Meeting with various district administration is a strong advocacy tool for the Protection of Rights of the Children in the concerned districts.