Bachpan Bachao Andolan (B.B.A.) is a pioneering grassroots movement against trafficking, forced labour sexual abuse and other forms of exploitation of children in India. Founded in the year 1980 by Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, B.B.A. envisions the creation of a child friendly society through active participation of children and collaborative engagement with the government and civil society.
As per One of the Director, said, " I am doing this to invite your kind attention to the need to further strengthen the protection and rehabilitation required for children under distress in the country. One of the ways in which enhanced and comprehensive child protection can be achieved is by ensuring faithful implementation of various child centric legislation's. One of the most crucial laws with regards child protection in the country is the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 which provides a comprehensive framework for providing care and protection to all children, including children in conflict with law Unfortunately, despite the holistic approach to the protection of children which the Act lays down, children in our country remain vulnerable to inhumane forms of exploitation in the absence of stringent enforcement of various legislation by the law enforcement agencies.
The children who are rescued from such exploitative conditions and who require rehabilitation to enable them to reintegrate into the society, rarely receive attention from the agencies entrusted with the task of rehabilitation, making the rescue an exercise in futility.
BBA through its sustained work in the realm of child protection has observed that the rehabilitative measures undertaken for the welfare of rescued children are generally not able to serve the intended goal of providing due avenues for the growth and development to the rescued children. This is primarily due to the piecemeal manner in which these measures are implemented through the state and non-state functionaries.
This abysmal status of provision of rehabilitation for our children in distress makes it imperative that all the concerned stakeholders rethink the approach towards ensuring total rehabilitation of the rescued children. Thus there is a crying need to improve upon the existing rehabilitation framework. The issue of rehabilitation deserves to be approached from the rights based perspective of the child survivors of all forms of abuse.
It is in this context that BBA proposes to organize a 2 day consultation with the following specific objectives:
To review the implementation of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 in light of the 16 directives given by the Hon’ble Supreme court in Sampurna Behura Vs Union of India & Ors. (Writ Petition (Civil No. 473 of year 2005))
To create awareness among the enforcement agencies of the provisions of the various child related legislations and their roles and responsibilities in their effective enforcement and to discuss ways and means for developing a robust…
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