Commission on child rights to be functional soon

ISLAMABAD: National Commission on the Rights of the Child will be function within two months after receiving names of the members from provinces.

“According to the law, six members, one each from each province, Islamabad Capital Territory and Federally-Administered Areas, would be part of the commission for which we have sent letters and waiting for their nominations”, said DG International Coordination, Ministry of Human Rights, Hassan Mangi. He said that they were actively working on establishment of the commission and expecting that the nomination would be received within two weeks.

He said that the paperwork for functioning of the commission was complete and after receiving the names of the members, the case will be forwarded to the cabinet for approval. The law described that six members will also include two women and one from minorities, all having experience of not less than ten years of work in the field of child rights, he said.

Besides that, two children, one boy and one girl not below the age of 15 years should also be part of the commission.

The DG said that the ministry had granted six month time for drafting rules and other documentary requirements of the commission, adding that “We have completed all the work before the time and now waiting for names only”.

Commenting on the Kasur incident, he said that a delegation of the ministry had visited Kasur when the first case of child abuse was reported and had directed to establish a child protection centre to protect younger generation and ensuring counselling support services to victims and their families.

But, he commented, the centre has not been established yet. Unless exemplary punishments will not be granted to the culprits, such crimes will not be controlled, he said.

The DG said that the main issue was to bring behaviour change among people to secure future of our children. For the purpose, he said, the ministry had conducted a number of trainings for officials of the concerned departments who deal with such cases while a number of other training sessions were also in pipeline.–APP