Ravi Naik seeks NGOs help for protection of child rights

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Panaji, Oct 21 (UNI) Minister for Women and Child development Ravi Naik has called upon the Non-Government Organisations to supplement the government efforts to educate the masses about protecting and upholding the rights of children.

Mr Naik, speaking after inaugurating an awareness programme on child rights, organised by the Goa State Commission for protection of child rights, said the Government had enacted the Goa's Children's Act, 2003 in order to protect, promote and preserve the rights of the children in Goa and other necessary measures were being taken up for the overall development and safeguarding of children.

He also stressed the need to give more stress on value-based education to children to mould them into responsible citizens and mentioned that the teachers and parents can play a major role in this regard.

Judge Desmond D'Costa, while giving a presentation on Goa Children's Act and Central laws on child rights, said a child's right to privacy and confidentiality should be protected and name of the victim should not be indicated by any agency or sections of the press.

He said Goa is the only state in the country, where there is a children's court. ''We need to educate all the sections of the society on child rights,'' he added.

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