IMPHAL May 26: With the recurrence of various heinous crimes against innocent children besides the enduring onslaught of certain grave issues like HIV /AIDS pandemic, armed conflict and child trafficking, the Manipur Alliance for Child Rights has submitted a memorandum to a visiting team of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to draw attention into certain core issues affecting lives of children at the most such as RTE, HIV/ AIDS issues, juvenile/ criminal justice, child trafficking, drugs and children with disabilities, seeking immediate attention to monitor and give necessary recommendation in order to safeguard and protect the right to life, right to protect and development of the marginalized children on May 24.
MACR has urged the NCPCR to inquire into the failure of timely publication and distribution of various text books prescribed by Board of secondary Education Manipur, which has become a regular feature for the last many years, largely affecting the academic career of several lakhs of students in the state and also urged to monitor directly and recommend to the state on the major failure in the implementation of Right to Education Act in Manipur.
The memorandum of the MACR furhter stated that children affected and inflicted by HIV/ AIDS who are one of the children belonging to socially disadvantaged category are not getting free education at neighborhood schools under the 25% reservation scheme. It further stated that a recent survey conducted by MACR and various news reports testify the facts.
The memorandum has further stated that the state government / RTE implementing Authority did not take up punitive action for non compliance of RTE`™s provisions and standard norms by the private unaided schools, schools under special category. Even government run schools and schools run by district autonomous council in hill districts do not comply with the provisions of the RTE Act by charging admission and school fees, it maintained.
It also appealed the NSCPC to recommend strongly to the Manipur Government to procure and install PCR testing facilities in the public hospitals of the state to ensure early detection of HIV infection amongst the vulnerable children and easy availability of ART facilities in CLHAS. MACR also urged the NSCPC to recommend the state government for introduction of sponsorship and welfare programme for CLHAS.
Heinous crimes against the innocent children are alarmingly increasing where culprits of such crimes including murder of children after kidnapping and raping are remained scot free. The latest mysterious incident of murdering of Thiyam Ton alias Roberoy, 4, of Ningthoukhong Kha Khunou ward no. 4 of Bishnupur district prove the total failure of criminal justice system and juvenile justice system and collapsing of social safety net for children in the society.
Many children who have been trafficked from Manipur under the pretext of providing free education, shelter and jobs were still remained without trace in various outside states such as Tamil Nadu, Andra Pradesh, Gao, Bangalore (Karnataka) , etc. same criminals involved in previous child trafficking cases managed to get bail very easily and they continue to involve in other similar crimes and again.
In this connection the MACR urged the NCPCR to recommend the concerned state government (s) to activate the criminal justice system and probe the trafficking cases effectively and award rigorous punishment to the culprits.
The memorandum has also appealed for recommendation for introduction of an effective national/state legislation to combat human and children trafficking in the state and also for comprehensive state policy for preventive, rescue and rehabilitation planning for children trafficking victims in the state.
It also appealed to recommend the state government/ central government for necessary arrangement to include the victims of trafficking and orphaned children whose parents have been killed by security forces or police, to be the eligible beneficiaries of `Assist Scheme` being undertaken by National Foundation for Communal Harmony.
The organization has further urged the NCPCR to recommend the state and concerned ministry for opening separate Drug Rehabilitation centre for juveniles, since the state has only adult based rehab centers, where special facilities for children such as counseling are not available and recommend the state to provide child care facilities to the existing female de-addiction centers in Manipur.
Further more, the organization asked the NCPCR to take necessary steps and recommendation to the concerned ministry and state department to ensure complete implementation of ICPS, and regular fund flow to destitute children homes in the state by releasing the fund on quarterly basis.
And lastly, MACR appealed that the NCPCR to recommend the state and concerned ministry to open up Community based rehabilitation services for children with disabilities with provision of education, health care, livelihood skills training.