Govt firm to establish violence-free society for children: Anisul

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq on Tuesday said Bangladesh has much to do to establish a society for children, free of violence, abuse and exploitation which will allow them to grow as a bona fide citizen of this country.

“The government under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is firmly determined and committed to uphold rights of children, more specifically the rights to protection of children in Bangladesh,” he said.

The minister said these while addressing a training workshop on Child Act 2013 at Hotel Intercontinental in the city.

‘Strengthening Capacity of Judicial System for Child Protection in Bangladesh’ a workshop on a project jointly organized by Law and Justice Division and Unicef Bangladesh was chaired by Law and Justice Division Secretary ASSM Zahirul Haque.

Unicef Bangladesh representative Tomoo Hozumi and project director and Law and Justice Division joint secretary Md Golam Sarwar were present as the special guests, among others.

Mentioning government’s continuous effort for the welfare of the children, the minister said the present government under dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina endorsed the National Child Labour Elimination Policy, 2010, aiming to withdraw children from hazardous jobs, improve income generating opportunities for parents so they do not rely on their child’s income.

“The government also enacted National Children Policy in 2011 and it is applicable to all children in Bangladesh. The children Act of 2013 were amended in 2018 to remove any ambiguity. The amendment empowered the judge, Nari o Shishu Nirjatan Daman Tribunal to exercise the power of judge of Children Court,” he added.

Anisul Huq said the effective implementation of the provisions of Children Act 2013 is vital to ensure the rights to protection of children.