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Society must be made aware of child's rights: Irani

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Protection of child's rights critical

Consciousness towards child rights must be created so that justice is delivered, Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister of Women and Child Development said on Sunday. The minister also underlined the need to educate children about abuse and how to report abuse.

Addressing a national workshop on Child Rights with emphasis on preventive aspects of child protection issues, organized by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, here today, Irani said that the true identity of a democracy is how it protects its children.

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“On your shoulders rests the freedom of our future generation so that they may grow without fear, so that they may grow with confidence that if they seek justice, the justice will be delivered, so that they may grow with the belief that what you do today in protection of children is the flag that they will bear for their future generation,” she said.

She said that while her ministry has taken several steps for the protection of child rights including amendment in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences, POCSO Act and Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, the Indian society is ever changing that necessitates dynamism.