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Jorethang awareness drive, walkathon against child sexual abuse

Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 10:30 [IST]

Last Update: Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 04:51 [IST]

Jorethang awareness drive, walkathon against child sexual abuse

JORETHANG (IPR): As a part of Jorethang Maghey Sankranti Mela celebrations, an awareness programme-cum-walkathon themed ‘stop child sexual abuse’ was held at MG Lane, Jorethang today. Organised by Social Welfare department, in coordination with the office of DCPO South, the programme was mainly convened to disseminate information and awareness on child sexual abuse and to generate awareness regarding the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Amendment Act 2019.
The programme was graced by MP, Lok Sabha, Indra Hang Subba as the chief guest. Present amongst others were the Chief Minister’s Political Secretary Jacob Khaling, area MLA Sunita Gajmer, Social Welfare secretary Hem Kumar Chhetri, DC (South) Ragul K, SP (South) Pravin Gurung, SDM (Jorethang) R.B. Bhandari, SDPO (Jorethang) Santosh Shrestha, officials, children from various Child Care Institutes of south district and Jawaharlal Navodaya Vidyalaya, Pipalay, IRBn, Police personnel and general public.
In his brief address, the chief guest said that the Government of India has taken a significant initiative to address the issue of sexual offences against children by enacting a special law, POCSO Act which provides for stringent punishment to perpetrators.
The Social Welfare secretary, in his address, spoke at length on the objective of organizing this programme which aimed in bringing awareness and information to the general masses.
Social Welfare additional secretary Gloria Namchyo, in her remarks, explained about the dissemination of information regarding child sexual abuse and the legislation in safeguarding the interest of the child at every stage of the judicial process.
DCPO (South) Roshnila Gurung informed about recently amended POCSO Act as children, being the most vulnerable section of the society, are more susceptible to physical and psychological abuse.
The programme also saw an impressive performance by UNB (Ugen Bhutia), a rapper from Gangtok, Kauso Entertainment, and musical performance by the children from Turuk Children Home.
Thereafter, a walkathon was flagged off from MG Lane Jorethang on this theme by the chief guest which was actively participated by the dignitaries and local gentry.
This open for all walk for a cause was being organized for the first time in Jorethang covering the entire town and later culminated at Green Park.

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