17th international child rights day: Minister seeks end to child exploitation

Lalitpur juvenile court inaugurated, 12 others to be set up soon

Kathmandu, November 20:

Minister of State for Women, Children and Social Welfare Urmila Aryal today said that the government should come up with a new act to put an end to all kinds of exploitation of children.

Aryal was speaking at a programme organised by the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare and the Central Child Welfare Board to mark the 17th International Child Rights Day. Terming the ongoing abduction of children condemnable, Aryal called for an end to the abduction.

“Any form of exploitation of a child is condemnable,” she said.“The ministry has finalised different modalities to deal with issues of children and the recently-established rescue fund is one of them.”

“I believe the fund will be of help to children involved in risky jobs,” she said. A number of individuals and organisations that contributed to the fund were also felicitated. A sum of Rs 89,808 has been collected till date.

A toll free helpline will be set up in the capital to help children and parents, the organisers said.

The Lalitpur juvenile court was inaugurated in the morning. The court will look after cases of children. Juvenile courts will be established in 12 other districts shortly.

Meanwhile, organisations working for rights of children also held a programme to mark the day at Maitighar Mandala.

A 20-point charter prepared by representatives of 24 child rights forums and 28 children’s clubs was also released on the occasion. Stating that children had suffered enough during the insurgency, State Minister for Labour and Transportation Management Ramesh Lekhak said the children should not be made to suffer anymore.

Ek Raj Bhandari, a Maoist representative, said: “Through insurgency, we wanted to deal with all kinds of inequalities besetting the country once and for all.”

Meanwhile, a group of Nepali, Turkish and American children celebrated the day by painting their rooms at AmaGhar, a home for the underprivileged children.