Separate Magistrate will be appointed for hearing of child abuse cases: Advisor Social Welfare

Karachi, October 11, 2017 (PPI-OT):Advisor to chief minister Sindh for social welfare Shamim Mumtaz has said that children are our future and we cannot progress if children are not provided favourable environment and added that coordination gap between Police, SCPA, non-government organization and other stake holders needed to be strengthened.

She said this while talking to media at the concluding session of two days training workshop on “Child Rights and Protection Mechanism” organized for officers of Child Protection Units and Police focal persons on child issues here at local hotel.

She said that Sindh Child Protection Authority has been made functional and working effectively for last six months. However, even police is unaware of authority working and added that department has planned awareness campaign. “SCPA banners will be displayed outside police stations throughout the province,” she added. She said that WhatsApp group comprising CPU officials, Police focal person on child issues , non- government organizations and media persons will also be created for swift response in case of child abuse.

Replying to query, Provincial advisor said that she will raise issue with Sindh Chief Minister to appoint separate magistrate for hearing cases of child abuse. She said that today stake holders from three divisions including Karachi, Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas were invited for capacity building and added such training workshop will also be organized in Sukkur soon.

CEO Sparc Sadia Hussain addressing workshop, said that it is healthy sign that we have started to give importance to child rights and added Sindh has taken lead. She appreciated the efforts of Sindh government. She said that this training was specially planned and hoped that participants will spread information regarding child rights and protection at grass root level to provide better environment for our children to flourish.

Secretary Women Development Mudassar Iqbal, Sparc’s Kashif Bajeer, AIGP Forensic Faizullah Korejo and others also expressed their views. Later, Provincial Advisor distributed certificates among the participants of workshop.

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