BBA brings child protection stakeholders from 12 States& UTs to come together to fight the issue of Missing& Trafficked Children

On this occasion, Justice MadanLokur, Judge, Supreme Court of India also inaugurated a resource manual for child-friendly court procedures

Hon’ble Chief Justice of India T S Thakur assured Nobel Peace Laureate and BachpanBachaoAndolan founder KailashSatyarthi that despite the shortage of judges and other challenges faced by the judiciary, the judiciary will continue to be committed, concerned and conscious towards children’s cause.

Inaugurating the ‘National Workshop on Rehabilitation of Trafficked and Missing Children’ along with Mr.Satyarthi and other key Supreme Court and High Court judges, at VigyanBhawan on August 22, he reflected on the extent of the problem of missing and trafficked children and expressed the need for higher sensitivity among the enforcement agencies.

Speaking at the event Mr.Satyarthi said, “We express our gratitude to Hon’ble CJI to take up and support the crucial matter of providing speedy justice and rehabilitation of trafficked and missing children. This consultation is crucial towards creating a robust child protection response mechanism for the prevention of trafficking of children, their effective rehabilitation and the related issues.  Existing efforts in this regard including repatriation and follow up remain sporadic due to lack of effective intra and inter-state agency coordination and collaboration”.

On the technical workshop on Aug 23, hon’ble Justice MadanLokur launched a resource manual for child friendly court procedures created by BBA. The workshop was jointly organised by the National Legal Services Authority, the Delhi State Legal Services Authority and BBA.Almost 150 stakeholders of child protection from 12 states and Union Territories came together on a single platform for the Workshop at the Constitution Club of India.

The resource manual contains acompilation of international and national policies on child-friendly justice delivery system alongwith landmark judgments and directions from various courts and recommendations from various national and international platforms. It is a compilation of such policies that aim to ensure that children’s access to justice is achieved through strong justice delivery systems, by making our courts sensitive and responsive to the special needs of children and specialchild-friendly procedures be observed in the courts.         Some of the key speakers at the workshop were Smt. StutiKacker, chairperson, National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights, RS Chaurasia, Chairperson, BachpanBachaoAndolan andRashmiSaxena, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development.

Ms. Leena Nair, Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development,said, “States are not utilising the funds, policies and resources available for the purpose of children. We'll ensure strengthening of government institutional mechanisms and schemes so that effective measures are taken towards rehabilitation and repatriation of children.”

The participants included the Member Secretaries of the State Legal Services Authorities, officials of the Government Departments, police officials, Chairpersons and Members of Child Welfare Committees, Members of Juvenile Justice Boards, officials of District Child Protection Units, NGOs etc.