Published On: Wed, Apr 7th, 2021
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NCRC holds consultation on legislative reforms with KP legislators

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Peshawar: The National Commission on the Rights of Child on Tuesday held a consultation session on legislative reforms on KP Child Protection and Welfare (Amendment) Bill, 2020 with provincial legislators.

With the violence against children surging in Pakistan, the consultation was aimed to discuss the proposed amendments in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Child Protection and Welfare Act with special committee on child sexual abuse.

One of the major objectives of the consultation was to strengthen the coordination between the National Commission on the Rights of Child and major stakeholders including policymakers to work effectively on child related legislations for the promotion and protection of children in the country and to strengthen the child protection systems in KP to address the issues of child abuse more effectively.

Speaker Mushtaq Ghani lauded the efforts of the National Commission on the Rights of Child and its progress on promotion and protection of child rights in the country.

NCRC Chairperson Afshan Tehseen reiterated her resolve to make the Commission one of the swiftly working bodies in Pakistan. She emphasized that children of today are the future of tomorrow and a national commitment is necessary to ensure safeguard their rights.

Keeping in view the increase in Child rights violation cases the amendments in the KPCPWA 2010 was the need of the hour so that the offenders involved in these cases are brought to justice. In the proposed amendments in the Act, it has been attempted to make the NCRC as an oversight, advisory and monitoring body by delineating its functions from Provincial Social Welfare Department.

The functions of service delivery and implementation of programs has to be assigned to Social Welfare Department. The proposed amendments related to sale of organs of child, punishment for child pornography, exposure to seduction punishment, child trafficking, child sexual abuse and maintaining the registry of such sexual offenders has been discussed in detail while keeping in view the compatibility with constitutional and national legal framework on the subject.

The chairperson called upon all the stakeholders to put children on the top most priority for protecting their rights being almost half of the country’s population.

This can only be achieved when children will be given priority in the national plan of action through provision of adequate budget and its proper utilization through providing functional and efficient child protection systems at the grass roots level.