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Type of document: News
Topic: Policy and Planning
Geographic descriptors: India
Language: English
Source: www.hindu.com/2006/08/13/stories/2006081320840300.htm
Date of publication: 13 August 2006
Long Abstract: Total ban on child begging soon

Staff Reporter

Part of action plan on preventing child labour and trafficking

Thiruvananthapuram: The Social Welfare Department will take immediate steps to implement a total ban on child begging in all districts within a year. The decision is part of an action plan announced at a State-level training programme for police officers on juvenile justice and prevention of child abuse and trafficking, organised by UNICEF and the department.

The training programme was aimed at strengthening the police's hand in implementing the State action plan for preventing crimes against children. Addressing the valedictory of the workshop here on Saturday, Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy said all crimes against children would be strictly dealt with and that children who are victims of violence would be properly rehabilitated.

The action plan formulated by the Social Welfare Department focusses on preventing child labour and trafficking in children and the issues of rehabilitation.

All illegally run child-care centres in the State will be closed down and the children languishing in such institutions will be rehabilitated.


The action plan also recommends strict legal action against those who employ children as domestic labour and steps to rescue children thus employed. The cooperation of various agencies will be sought to ensure that all those running illegal child care centres or employing children as domestic workers hand the children back to their parents or produce them before the respective police stations.

Criminal charges

Criminal charges will be framed against those who do not comply with these instructions within the time-frame specified, under the Juvenile Justice Act, Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act and the Indian Penal Code.

Strengthening of Juvenile Police units at the police station level and district level by including social workers and non-Governmental organisations is one of the recommendations that the action plan puts forth.

Separate popular committees should be set up under every police station house officer to organise awareness programmes against child begging, trafficking in children, child labour and violence against children.

Training programmes

All police stations should be made child-friendly institutions. To this end, the Social Welfare Department, the Police Department and UNICEF will conduct three-day training programmes for house officers in all 450 police stations across the State.

UNICEF Programme Officer Barbara Arthurlee; project coordinator, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Ajith Joy; and Chief Judicial Magistrate S. Soman were among those who led the training programme.

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