SCHOOL OF LAW, ANSAL UNIVERSITY GURGAON DELIBERATED ON RIGHTS OF CHILDREN “UNHEARD VOICES”
School of Law, Ansal University, Gurgaon organised an International Conference on Child Rights: Unheard Voices with the support from Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, Delhi Commission on Protection of Child Rights, and SCC Online on 27 April 2019. Shri Rakesh Srivastava (Chief Guest), Former Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child; Prof. Nuzhat Parveen Khan (Guest of Honour), Dean, Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia University; and Mr. Bidhan Chandra Singh (Guest of Honour), Executive Director, Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation graced the inaugural session and reflected on various issues related to child rights. The deliberations centered around child abuse, children in need of care and protection and children in conflict with law, child trafficking etc. keeping the objective of providing children an educated, safe and child friendly world. India has one of the highest population in the world and the onus lies on each one of us to make the youth aware of the existing issues faced at the ground level. The Conference was a synthesis of views from policymakers, academia, and change makers as rightly called by Mr. Bidhan Chandra Singh. Shri Rakesh Ji provided us an insight of how we can contribute to policy making as law professors and students. School of Law, Ansal University recognizing the efforts of all the delegates, also released the publication of conference proceedings.
The Inaugural Session was followed by four Technical Sessions on Child Protection Laws and role of NHRC and Children in Conflict with Law, Child Rights and International Laws Framework, Issues of Child Abuse and Child Trafficking, Role of NGOs in protection of Child Rights, chaired by Ms. Jyoti Duhan Rathee, Member, DCPCR and Dr. Versha Vahini, Dean SOL, Manav Rachna University, Faridabad; Dr. Sachin Rastogi, AIALS, Amity University, Noida and Dr. Anupam, UILS Gurgaon; Dr. Suman Yadav, University of Delhi and Dr. Prem Chand, NLU Delhi; and Prof. KPS Mahalwar, Former Chair Professor, NLU Delhi and Ms. Chandni Bedi, Executive Director, Navjyoti India Foundation.
The conclusion drawn on the basis of technical sessions was that a great deal of thought needs to be put on this issue even though a lot has been done for children but it cannot be ignored that still a lot needs to be done. There’s a need to prioritize safe childhood globally. Children are being brought and sold for prices lesser than that of animals. We need to protect them from all forms of violence, abuse, and exploitation as it is integral for their holistic development. At an age where they should be in school learning and enjoying their childhood, they are married off; engaged in work – in farms, households, restaurants, and in industries; trafficked for labour and sexual exploitation; and exposed to abuse and violence.
The event was concluded by the Valedictory Session, which was graced by the Special Guests for the evening, Prof. KPS Mahalwar, Former Chair Professor, NLU Delhi and Ms. Chandni Bedi, Executive Director, Navjyoti India Foundation, providing us an insight on the laws available for the rescue of children and how NGOs act on the legal framework. Dr. Poonam Dass, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi and Ms. Mansha Gupta and Mr. Ashish Jain, UPES Dehradun won the Best Paper Award.