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April 8, 2021

NCRC holds consultation on KP legislative reforms

National

April 8, 2021

Islamabad: Speakers suggested strengthening coordination between the National Commission on the Rights of Child and major stakeholders including policymakers to work effectively on child related legislations for the promotion and protection of children in the country.

The recommendation came forward at a one-day consultation on Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Legislative Reforms on KP Child Protection and Welfare (Amendment) Bill, 2020 with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Legislators.

The consultation was organised by the National Commission on the Rights of Child on Wednesday. The consultative meeting was attended by the Speaker of KP Assembly Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani, Chairperson National Commission on the Rights of Child, Afshan Tehseen, NCRC members KP, Dr. Jahanzeb Khan, NCRC Member Sindh, Iqbal Ahmed Detho, members KP Assembly, Ayesha Bano, Sajida Hanif, Dr. Sumaira Shams, Ayesha Naeem and Rehana Ismail.

With the violence against children surging in Pakistan, the consultation was aimed to discuss the proposed amendments in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Child Protection and Welfare Act with special committee on child sexual abuse. One of the major objectives of the consultation was to discuss strengthening the child protection systems in KP to address the issues of child abuse more effectively.

The KP Assembly Speaker Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani lauded the efforts of the National Commission on the Rights of Child and its progress on promotion and protection of child rights in the country. National Commission on the Rights of Child Chairperson Afshan Tehseen reiterated her resolve to make the Commission one of the swiftly working bodies in Pakistan.

She emphasised that children of today are the future of tomorrow and a national commitment is necessary to ensure safeguard their rights. Keeping in view the increase in Child rights violation cases, the participants of consultation said that the amendments in the KPCPWA 2010 was the need of the hour so that the offenders involved in these cases are brought to justice. In the proposed amendments in the Act, it has been attempted to make the KP Child Protection and Welfare Commission as an oversight, advisory and monitoring body by delineating its functions from Provincial Social Welfare Department.

The functions of service delivery and implementation of programs has to be assigned to Social Welfare Department. The proposed amendments related to sale of organs of child, punishment for child pornography, exposure to seduction punishment, child trafficking, child sexual abuse and maintaining the registry of such sexual offenders has been discussed in detail while keeping in view the compatibility with constitutional and national legal framework on the subject.