West Bengal child protection report submitted to President

The report, prepared under section 16 sub-clause (1) of the CPCR Act, 2005, aims to draw attention to the deliberate mismanagement of child-related issues in West Bengal, urging corrective measures to ensure the protection and well-being of children in the state.

| Updated: 19 March, 2024 6:36 pm IST
NCPCR chairperson submitted report to President of India

NEW DELHI: Today, a Special Report on Child Protection in the State of West Bengal was presented to the Honorable President of India during a courtesy meeting. The report, previously laid down in both the Houses of Parliament, highlights critical issues concerning child protection in West Bengal.

Summary of the Special Report:

1. Neglect by State Administration: The report underscores the neglect by the West Bengal State Administration in fulfilling its responsibilities under various child-related Acts, including the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, and the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015.

2. Bomb Blast Victims: Around 40 children have been victims of bomb blasts in the state, with reports indicating negligence and disregard for legal procedures by the State Government.

3. Post-Poll Violence: The Commission noted cases of children being targeted and subjected to torture, inhuman, and degrading treatment following the conclusion of election polls in 2021, with 23 cases of post-poll violence mentioned in the report.

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4. Child Trafficking: Instances of child trafficking, particularly girls, have been observed, with the Chief Minister’s insensitive statements about victims of sexual abuse violating the POCSO Act, 2012.

5. Border Protection: The State’s lack of cooperation with central agencies/institutions in protecting borders and children has been highlighted, exhibiting a callous approach towards border protection.

6. Violation of Juvenile Justice Act: The report mentions the State’s parallel system of dealing with ‘destitute children’ through Cottage Homes, violating provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015.

7. Non-Implementation of RTE Act: West Bengal’s failure to implement Section 12(1)(c) of the Right to Education Act, 2009, deprives underprivileged children of their fundamental right to education.

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8. Non-Cooperation with Central Agencies: Authorities’ non-cooperation with various central agencies/institutions and instances of misconduct against officials by West Bengal officials have been documented.

The report, prepared under section 16 sub-clause (1) of the CPCR Act, 2005, aims to draw attention to the deliberate mismanagement of child-related issues in West Bengal, urging corrective measures to ensure the protection and well-being of children in the state.

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