Subject : Comments for Draft National Child Protection Policy to Ministry of Women and Child Development
Dear Ministers, Officers and Experts,
We hereby submit our comments to put explicitly what already derives implicitly from the the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Constitution of India. Hence all protective measures have to be implemented by all executive, judiciary & private organizations, institutes and establishments from union level to district level to private property. Mentioning explicitly in NCPP will bring ease of understanding to all.
We propose the clauses below to be included to NCPP section 3. Guidelines for Organization, Institutions and Establishments.
All organizations, institutions and establishments should maintain:
1. Awareness of the UNCRC and the Fundamental rights among all their employees, contractors and participants – to protect children’s rights;
2. Low-height wash-basins & small latrines/commodes – to protect hygiene of children;
3. Phones to let child call each parent once for 2 minutes per day for free, and vice-versa – to protect children from anxiety;
4. CCTV video recording of premises especially visitors lobby/lounge and corridors – to protect children from abuse.
All educational, medical, accomodation, transport, law enforcement and judicial organizations, institutions and establishments should keep:
1. Qualified Child Psychologists – to protect children from stress or bullying or browbeating; every child’s both parents’ names, mobile number & email id to be messaged to on arrival & departure of child – to protect children from dizziness/kidnapping;
2. Video-call facility for children – to protect children during emergency;
3. Free simple nutritious meals for unaccompanied children – to protect children from hunger. All schools should schedule:
4. Teaching of child rights & fundamental rights to each student once every year – to protect children from ignorance and violation of their rights;
5. Identify the children suffering from Parental Alienation and counsel the child where child needs love and affection from both parents for their healthy growth and development
6. Sports training in outdoor & indoor playgrounds – to protect children from muscle weakness. Digital school diary webpage and daily email notes to both parents’ email ids – to protect children from negligence/communication-gap of parents/school.
All police stations should intervene to:
1. Stop the violation of child rights and report to CWC in a day – to protect children from any kind of abuse.
2. Investigate the paramours mistreating children from broken families – to protect children from paramours of their parent.
3. Use scientific methods to collect evidence of minor or major physical or verbal harassment of children at residence by warden, guardian or custodial parent – to protect children from hiding of evidence.
All child welfare committees and courts should:
1. Conduct a speedy trial of child rights violations and order interim relief to child within 30 days – to protect children from injustice;
2. Take all violations seriously including discouraging/ hindering a child from spending time with the non-custodial/left-behind parent, which is usually committed by custodial/abductor parent – to protect children from parental alienation;
3. Support shared parenting and joint custody of child for complete welfare – to protect children from trauma of separation from any parent.
4. Implement Child Access and Custody Guidelines along with Parenting Plan approved by Hon’ble High Courts of Bombay, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh
5. Law Commission of India in its Report No. 257 titled “Reforms in Guardianship and Custody Laws in India” lays emphasis on the point in favor of Joint Custody and stop Single parenting which is child abuse for protection of the child.
6. Child welfare committee should take strict action if any Parent does not allow other parent to take their child to Grand parents or relatives or deny access to Grand parents.
7. Every Child Birth certificate / Passport / School certificate or any Government recognised certificate should include both parents names.
8. No Parent can take away / Abduct / or Bring child to India of NRI parent without consent of other parent.
For : MyNation Hope Foundation