May 04, 2005, Hindustan Times

Consumer unity AND Trust Society, an NGO, has welcomed the Union government’s move to set up national and state commissions for the protection of children’s rights.

Introduction of the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Bill, 2005 in Lok Sabha (on May 2) is an indication of the UPA government’s commitment to constitute the commission pending from 2001, said a press release issued by the CUTS on Wednesday.

In the light of this Bill, the state government should take immediate steps in the direction of setting up the commission and adopt the state child policy soon, demanded by the NGO officials.

The bill provides for setting up of a children court in every district to enable speedy trail of offences against children. These courts will be different from the juvenile courts.

The commission will examine and review the safeguards provided for the protection of child rights and suggest measures for their effective implementation. It will also look into the factors violating the rights of children, affected by terrorism and communal violence.