Child Parliament: Government will ensure speedy trial and exemplary punishment for perpetrators of violence against children
15th Session of Child Parliament took place on 21 December 2017 with the concern raised about the increasing violence against children. More than 150 children from all over Bangladesh attended this session and presented their views on the present situation of crimes and violence against children. They also made a number of recommendations to address the issue.
Anisul Huq, Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs attended the parliament as Chief Guest. National Children’s Task Force (NCTF) arranged this session with the support of Save the Children in Bangladesh, Plan International Bangladesh and Shishu Academy at Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) Auditorium in Dhaka.
This parliament was arranged with the theme ‘End Violence against Children’. Members of the parliament raised their concerns over the present situation of child murder, kidnapping, rape, Physical and Humiliating Punishment, sexual assault and aggression. They also demanded for speedy trial and proper punishment for the criminals.
“Government is very alert to end violence against children and we are committed to give exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of violence against children.” Anisul Huq said in his speech.
Child parliamentarians demanded special attention from the law enforcement agencies to prevent crimes against girl children in Bangladesh. They identified rape, sexual assault and harassment as major problems for girl children and asked for proper action from the government and the authorities. They also called for the necessary implementation of laws to end child marriage.
The impact of Physical and Humiliating Punishment on children was discussed in this session. The members expressed worries over the torture that the children have to endure in schools and even in families. They demanded for increased allocation in national budget to establish a national child protection system and strengthening skills of parents/caregivers, teachers and other service providers to prevent and respond to violence against children.
The minister promised to take necessary measures to end violence against children. He also urged for raising awareness among parents and teachers to stop violence against children.