Comprehensive approach is needed to end Violence Against Children
A round-table discussion, organized by Save the Children along with Child Rights Advocacy Coalition and National Human Rights Commission was held at the press club on 27 August, 2017 where speakers urged effective measure to protect children from all forms of violence. The discussion was chaired by Kazi Reazul Hoque, chairman, of the National Human Rights Commission with the moderation of Farah Kabir, Country Director Actionaid. Around a hundred participants, including the representatives of civil society, children and the media expressed their solidarity to put an end to all Violence Against Children.
On behalf of Coalition, Mamunur Rashid, Manager of Save the Children placed the recommendations especially to implement Children Act 2013, formulation of policy on Physical & Humiliating Punishment, activate local level Child Protection Committee, and establish Children Commission, formation of monitoring cell under Ministry of Women & Children Affairs and incorporation of learning on child protection in the text book. There was a demand to finalize the rules of Children Act 2013 as well. The recommendations were gathered from dialogue with the civil society in 19 districts.
Kazi Reazul Hoque, Chairman of NHRC urged political leaders not to engage children into political demonstration and violence. He also suggested combined initiative to stop any misuse of a special provision of Child Marriage Restraint Act 2017 and the full implementation of judgement of high court on corporal Punishment.
According to the report of the Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum, 294 children were raped, 157 were killed and 41 were the victim of corporal punishment till July this year. Representatives of civil society shared that children living in the streets of Dhaka and other major cities in Bangladesh are at risk of sexual abuses and being forced in different crime.
Meftahun Nahar, speaker of Child Parliament said “Children are afraid to share any violence or abuse with the parents. Children are often harassed in the public transport but the elders overlooked the situation”. Emphasizing on the parents’ role, she stressed on mental strength of the children and the awareness at the family level to protect children from all forms of violence.