‘Laws needed to safeguard child rights’

Kathmandu, February 15

Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Women, Children and Social Welfare Ranju Kumari Jha said although the constitution ensured the rights of children, they continued to be subjected to violence, exploitation and forced labour.

Speaking at an interaction here today, she said, “Children comprise 42 per cent of the total population of the country, but most of them are insecure.” Jha added that laws had to be enacted to ensure rights of children granted by the constitution.

She said lack of coordination between ministries had also affected implementation of laws protect the rights of children.

Jha also stressed on formulating laws to safeguard children’s rights against discrimination, right to protection against violence and exploitation, right to health, right to have free and qualitative education, right against punishment and torture, among other things.

Gauri Pradhan, former member of National Human Rights Commission said the state should promote inclusive education in all regions of the country.