Nagaland: ‘Children not safe even in our own state,’ says Childline worker

Some of the participants and others during the awareness programme on ‘significance of child rights’ held at Can Youth office Conference Hall on September 26.
Some of the participants and others during the awareness programme on ‘significance of child rights’ held at Can Youth office Conference Hall on September 26.

Dimapur, September 26 (MExN): SPATIAL Project under Can Youth organized an awareness programme on ‘significance of child rights’ with Lozua Kape, Central Coordinator, Childline as the resource person at Can Youth office Conference Hall on September 26. 

The programme was attended by members of Dimapur Eastern Naga Students Union (DENSU) and its units, members and interns of Can Youth. 

Introducing Childline and its different aspects to the participants, Lozua Kape said, “Our society is not as good as it has been portrayed… Children not safe even in our own district and state. As per the survey, 2018-19 there were 1407 cases of child abuse in Dimapur, with child loss ranging as the highest form of rights violation (21.82%).” 

“Right is an entitlement. All rights are needs, but all needs cannot be translated into rights,” she said while affirming that “all human beings have right and a child has some special essential needs for survival and development that needs to be attended.” 

Sharing from her experiences, Kape pointed out law enforcement as an important factor needed in delivering the rights to children. She stated that human trafficking is the most common form of child abuse which is violation of Child Rights. She emphasized on the various rights and its needs to be recognized for the full development of an individual. 

Kape also encouraged the participants to come together as one and work towards delivering the rights to children. “It is through individual participation one can contribute in educating groups and creating awareness on such issues,” she added.  

The session was followed by a discussion and interaction, later, Kewidinwangliu Newmai, Trainer of SPATIAL Project, Can Youth, concluded the session with words of gratitude and appreciation towards the resource person and participants for their support and corporation. 

Earlier, Lairing Dau Jigdung, Project Coordinator, Can Youth gave a brief introduction regarding the project and its work towards enhancing quality education of the students by strengthening the teachers, school management committee and community leaders.