NCPCR concerned over child rights in confict ridden Bastar

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Raipur, Dec 18 (UNI) National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has expressed serious concern over the situation being faced by children in Maoist confict ridden South Bastar region of Chhattisgarh saying that they were under the ''grip of fear and anxiety''.

Talking to newsmen here after the commission conducted a public hearing in Dantewada district, one of the worst naxalite affected regions in the country, NCPCR chairperson Dr Shantha Sinha said even there were gaps in the arrangements being made for children in the state run relief camps.

'' Its not a happy situation for children. We are not saying it so in terms of food and clothing. The dignity and the freedom required for the children are just not there'', NCPCR chairperson said adding that the fear and anxiety has to go from the minds of the children.

Ms. Sinha, winner of famous Ramon Magsaysay award, appealed to all concerned, including the state government, security forces and even the Maoists, to contribute to mitigate the sufferings of the children in the conflict zone.

Pointing ou that there were many complaints about the education and health facilities being provided to the chidlren in the relief camps in South Bastar, she said institutions have been set up but their efficiency have to monitored regularly.

She said the commission, which was on a two day visit to Dantewada, would submit its report within two weeks besides taking up with the centre and the Chhattisgarh the steps to be taken to protect the rights of the children in the tribal region.

The NCPCR is a statutory body notified under an Act of the Parliament on December 29, 2006. Besides the chairperson, the commission have six members from the fields of child health, education, childcare and development, juvenile justice, children with disabilities, elimination of child labour, child psychology or sociology and laws relating to children.

The Commission has the power to inquire into complaints and take suo motu notice of matters relating to deprivation of child's rights and non-implementation of laws providing for protection and development of children among other things. UNI

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